For context, consider that from 1990 to 2020, the largest February-to-March negative nominal change in employment in academe occurred in 2003, when 8,100 people were estimated to have left the higher-ed work force.

The Chronicle has identified 113 institutions associated with a layoff, a furlough, or a contract nonrenewal resulting from Covid-19. At least 37,181 employees (including student workers) in academe are known to have been affected by those actions. However, because a specific or approximate count of leaves of absence, terminations, or contract nonrenewals is not known for every action, the sum represents a significant undercount.

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