Large swings in employer-sponsored health insurance (ESI) coverage have occurred in recent months: Changes in access to ESI based on industry employment changes since February 2020

Change in access, millions of workers
Feb.–April 2020 -9.049
April–July 2020 2.868
Feb.–July 2020 -6.181

Notes: Industry-specific rates of ESI coverage were calculated from the ASEC for 2018. Then, the industry-specific rates of ESI coverage were applied to industry-level changes in employment taken from the CES, and then summed in each period. We use seasonally unadjusted data from the CES for our measures of employment change, as seasonal adjustments applied to data during extremely atypical periods can artificially smooth trends.

Source: Authors’ analysis using data from the Current Employment Statistics (CES) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Annual Social and Economic (ASEC) Supplement of the Current Population Survey (CPS).

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