Bus drivers, teachers, and school custodians have experienced particularly large declines in employment during the pandemic: Percent change in employment levels from October 2019 to October 2021 for select K–12 public education occupations

Occupations Percent Change, Oct 2019 – Oct 2021
All public K–12 employment -4.7%
Teaching assistants -2.6%
School custodians -6.0%
Teachers -6.8%
Bus drivers -14.7%

Notes: Data reflect the 12-month average in employment ending in October 2021 relative to the 12-month average of employment ending in October 2019.

Source: Economic Policy Institute analysis of BLS Current Employment Statistics series and Current Population Survey microdata.

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