Insee FocusLiving conditions during lockdown: gaps based on standard of living and socio-professional category

Valérie Albouy, Stéphane Legleye (département des ressources et des conditions de vie des ménages, Insee)

The public health lockdown associated with the COVID-19 epidemic lasted almost two months in France, from 17 March to 11 May 2020 and had a radical impact on living conditions. A third of people in employment suffered from activity restrictions that led to a reduction in income from employment, and 27% of these suffered a period of technical or partial unemployment. 34% of people in employment worked remotely while 35% continued going into their workplace. Furthermore, 35% of parents with a child under the age of 14 had difficulties in continuing their schooling.

20% of people say that their household’s financial situation deteriorated. The negative consequences of the lockdown were more frequent among people on low incomes, who also found this period to be of greater hardship, as well as among women. More so than men, women reduced their professional activity and gave their time to their children, while still accumulating over 4 hours of work and over 4 hours with their children on a daily basis.

Insee Focus
No 197
Paru le : Paru le 19/06/2020
Valérie Albouy, Stéphane Legleye (département des ressources et des conditions de vie des ménages, Insee)
Insee Focus  No 197 - June 2020