COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index added to SBERP Sites & Buildings Search


We recently added the "COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index" Layer to our Sites and Buildings Search. As displayed in the graphic below, this feature can be accessed by selecting "COVID-19" from the Layer category options. Once selected, you will then see the checkbox for "Job Loss Vulnerability Index". Check this box, then Search. Click here to try it out!

About the JobsEQ COVID-19 Economic Vulnerability Index
This index, created by the Chmura team based on 2019 Q4 industry employment data, is a measurement of the negative impact that the coronavirus crisis can have on employment based upon a region's mix of industries. For example, accommodation and food services are projected to lose more jobs as a result of the coronavirus (in the neighborhood of 50%) compared to utilities and healthcare (with none or little expected job contraction).

An average Vulnerability Index score is 100, representing the average job loss expected in the United States. Higher scores indicate the degree to which job losses may be greater — an index of 200, for example, means the rate of job loss can be twice as large as the national average. Conversely, an index of 50 would mean a possible job loss of half the national average.

The Vulnerability Index only measures the impact potential related to the mix of industry employment. The index does not take into account variation due to a regions' rate of virus infection, nor does it factor in local government's policies in reaction to the virus.

For example, a region with a high Vulnerability Index may have little to moderate job losses if the region has only slight infection rates and local government imposes few restrictions. On the other hand, a region with a low Vulnerability Index may still incur large employment losses if the local rate of infection is high or local government restrictions are especially stringent.