Twenty months into a pandemic that changed how people work — or think about what they want out of a job — the stats around Colorado’s economy appear mixed-to-dismal if you don’t have some perspective. But more on that below.
This wasn’t meant to be a sequel to last week’s column on worker deaths related to COVID-19 (here’s part one). But this week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment responded to my earlier questions and shared data on what they know about workers who died with COVID-19 as an underlying cause.
One thing is for sure: Figuring out how many workers died due to COVID wouldn’t be possible if no one tracked the recent job status of the deceased. And, apparently, someone does do that! Funeral home staff and those who assist with the death certificate ask about occupations, according to state health officials. And that feeds into a chart that looks like this:
Between March 2020 and May,…