Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Colleges Have Shed 10% Of Their Employees Since The Pandemic Began

Chronicle of Higher Education, Colleges Have Shed a Tenth of Their Employees Since the Pandemic Began:

September, the traditional start of the fall semester, saw the continuation of historic job losses at America’s colleges just as they sought some return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Preliminary estimates suggest that a net 152,000 fewer workers were employed by America’s private (nonprofit and for-profit) and state-controlled institutions of higher education in September, compared with August, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which calculates industry-specific employee figures. The net number of workers who left the industry from February to September now sits at around 484,000.


Put another way, higher education has shed at least a tenth of the labor force it had before the start of the pandemic.

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I hope they're professors rather than cafeteria workers.

Posted by: Anon | Nov 27, 2020 1:00:17 PM

Alas, it's probably mostly adjuncts who had their courses cut. In many cases, the schools just offered fewer courses and jammed more kids into the zoom calls. If some of the administrators lost their jobs, that would be great. This is almost certainly cutting front-line workers with direct customer interaction.

Posted by: bob | Nov 25, 2020 5:06:36 AM

Until they start shedding tenured faculty and full-time administrators, rather than employees with 'maintenance' in their job titles, these reductions will have no impact on college cost or the bottom line.

Posted by: James | Nov 25, 2020 4:57:25 AM