During this unprecedented time, the CRR is on the case. Consistent with our mission, we are exploring how COVID-19 will impact retirement security from all angles. Our current resources are below.

Check back regularly for updates or sign up for our email list.

Economic and Health Data

Companies That Have Suspended Their 401(k) Match Since March 2020 
U.S. Deaths Involving COVID-19 Reported to the CDC 
Weekly Initial Unemployment Insurance Claims 
Change in Unemployment Rate in Recent Recessions and 2020, by Gender and Age 
Change in Unemployment Rate During Recessions, since the Great Depression 
Unemployment Rate since the Great Depression 

* Download all economic and health data

Other Data Resources

Harvard’s Opportunity Insights Institute: Track the Recovery
USC Survey Data: Understanding Coronavirus in America

COVID-19 Legislation

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (enacted 12/27/20)
Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (enacted 4/24/20)
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (enacted 3/27/20)
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (enacted 3/18/20)
Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (enacted 3/6/20)


COVID-19 Is Not a Retirement Story
2020 Public Plan Investment Update and COVID-19 Market Volatility
The Status of Local Government Pension Plans in the Midst of COVID-19
How Widespread Unemployment Might Affect Retirement Security
How Exposed Are Retirement Savings to Market Risk?
Can Older Workers Work from Home?
2020 Update: Market Decline Worsens the Outlook for Public Plans


Squared Away by CRR Blogger Kim Blanton

Billionaires Got Much Richer in Pandemic (2/11/21)
CARES Act’s Loan Forbearance is Working (2/4/21)
Struggling Workers’ Financial Woes Mount (1/21/21)
Video Documents Nursing Home Tragedy (12/22/20)
Video: Young Adults Share Career Setbacks (12/8/20)
Caring for a Parent Can Take Financial Toll (12/1/20)
Cognitive Decline Meets COVID-19 Scams (10/22/20)
Video: Boomers in RVs Seek Job, Security (10/8/20)
More Gen-Zers are Living with Parents (9/24/20)
Deep Financial Woes Portend Rent Crisis (9/15/20)

MarketWatch by CRR Director Alicia H. Munnell

Few 401(k) Participants Changed Portfolio Allocation When Market Tanked (2/23/21)
What’s Happening to State and Local Government Finances? (2/1/21)
COVID Pressured Some Employers to Suspend their 401(k) Match (1/12/21)
COVID-19 is Not a Retirement Story (12/22/20)
How Has COVID-19 Affected Older Workers? (11/30/20)
Don’t Trust the TRUST Act (8/18/20)
Paying Off Unfunded Pension Liabilities Will Be a Low Priority After COVID-19 (8/10/20)
Don’t Cut the Payroll Tax — Let’s Help Those Without a Job (7/28/20)
Tapping Social Security for Anything — Including COVID-19 Payments — is Wrongheaded (7/21/20)
What Will COVID-19 Mean for Social Security Claiming? (7/16/20)
Will COVID-19 Force Older Workers to Retire? (7/8/20)

CRR in the News

The Wall Street Journal: “More Americans Face Retirement Insecurity” (1/19/21)
The New York Times: “Workers Tap Retirement Savings as a Last Resort” (12/18/20)
Marketplace: “Few people are tapping 401(k)s, even without withdrawal penalties” (10/12/20)
CNBC: “Older Workers are Struggling to Find Jobs Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic” (10/2/20)
Reuters: “Retirements, Layoffs, Labor Force Flight May Leave Scars on U.S Economy” (9/14/20)
Yahoo Finance: “‘Over Half’ of Older Workers Don’t Have Jobs That Can Be Bone Remotely” (9/9/20)
The New York Times: “With Adult Children Home, Now’s the Time: Talk About Your Money” (9/6/20)
CBS News: “COVID-19 Could Have Negative Impact on Retirement Plans and Financial Security” (9/2/20)
Barron’s: “These Companies Kept Their Dividends but Cut 401(k) Matches” (8/31/20)
The Washington Post: “Coronavirus-Related Unemployment is Putting Retirement at Risk” (8/31/20)

CRR Research on the 2008-2009 Recession

The Effects of the Great Recession on the Retirement Security of Older Workers
Are Retirement Savings Too Exposed to Market Risk?
The Financial Crisis and Private Defined Benefit Plans
The Financial Crisis and State/Local Defined Benefit Plans
Recessions and Older Workers
The National Retirement Risk Index: After The Crash
Why Did Some Employers Suspend Their 401(k) Match?
401(k) Plans in 2010: An Update from the SCF
Who Claimed Social Security Early Due to the Great Recession?

From Our Affiliates

Brookings Institution: “Resources on Coronavirus [COVID-19]”
Mathematica: “COVID-19 Curated Data, Modeling, and Policy Resources”
Urban Institute: “COVID-19: Policies to Protect People and Communities”


This page was last updated on February 25, 2021.