Infographic 1
Sudden shutdown in March 2020 results in sharper increase in long-term unemployment compared with previous downturns

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The title of the infographic is "Sudden shutdown in March 2020 results in sharper increase in long-term unemployment compared with previous downturns"

This is a linear chart.

The vertical axis shows the index of number of unemployed who have been searching for work or on temporary layoff for 27 weeks or more from 0 to 400 by increments of 50.

The horizontal axis shows the number of months since the beginning of downturn from 1 to 48 by single increments.

There are 4 lines each representing the following series: 1981/1982 recession, 1990/1992 recession, 2008/2009 recession and COVID-19 economic downturn.

The line representing "1981/1982 recession" shows the long-term unemployment index over 48 months. The lowest point is 100.0 at 1 month. The highest point is 346.8 at 25 months.

The line representing "1990/1992 recession" shows the long-term unemployment index over 48 months. The lowest point is 100.0 at 1 month. The highest point is 270.9 at 38 months.

The line representing "2008/2009 recession" shows the long-term unemployment index over 48 months. The lowest point is 100.0 at 1 month. The highest point is 230.0 at 18 months.

The line representing "COVID-19 economic downturn" shows the long-term unemployment index over 9 months. The lowest point is 73.8 at 3 months. The highest point is 250.5 at 9 months.

Note(s): Index begins in the month of peak employment immediately prior to each economic downturn.

Source(s): Labour Force Survey, table 14-10-0342-01.

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