UOG report: Government employees least affected by Covid-19 pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused business closures and job losses, but a study by the University of Guan found that the economic impact of the public health crisis was not evenly distributed in the community.

"The residents least affected by Covid-19 were more likely to work in the government," states the UOG's "Guam Recovery Research Project: The Impact of Covid-19 on Guam Residents and Business.”

The report said 38 percent work for the government of Guam, the federal government, or are currently serving in the military. "Only 14 percent of those impacted by Covid-19are government workers," the report said.

Except for some essential agencies, most GovGuam offices were temporarily closed during the lockdown months. GovGuam employees worked from home and did not receive pay cuts, unlike their private-sector counterparts.

Throughout the community, however, the study found that one in five Guam residents had their lives disrupted last year by the Covid-19 pandemic through loss of employment, inability to provide enough food for their families, and inability to settle household expenses.

Those that were directly affected tended to be women— 63 percent were women. Those most affected were also likely to be CHamoru (39 percent and under the age of 40 (53 percent). More than half (57 percent) had a high school education or less, and 47 percent had household incomes of less than $50,000 per year. Three quarters worked in the private sector, mainly in food