Unemployment in the time of COVID-19: A research agenda

David L. Blustein*, Ryan Duffy, Joaquim A. Ferreira, Valerie Cohen-Scali, Rachel Gali Cinamon, Blake A. Allan

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This essay represents the collective vision of a group of scholars in vocational psychology who have sought to develop a research agenda in response to the massive global unemployment crisis that has been evoked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The research agenda includes exploring how this unemployment crisis may differ from previous unemployment periods; examining the nature of the grief evoked by the parallel loss of work and loss of life; recognizing and addressing the privilege of scholars; examining the inequality that underlies the disproportionate impact of the crisis on poor and working class communities; developing a framework for evidence-based interventions for unemployed individuals; and examining the work-family interface and unemployment among youth.

Original languageEnglish
Article number103436
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Inequality
  • Precarious work
  • Unemployment
  • Unemployment interventions
  • Work-family interface
  • Youth unemployment


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