By | Morgan Smith | www.cnbc.com
As economists debate whether or not a recession is coming soon — and how bad it will be — the fear of being laid off, or not being able to find work, might be in the back of your mind.
Record-high inflation and a string of high-profile layoffs have left working professionals across the U.S. increasingly anxious about their job security: 78% of Americans are worried about losing their job during a potential upcoming recession, a recent Insight Global survey of 1,004 adults found.
While it might be too soon to “read into the tea leaves” of such forecasts and predict when, or if, a recession will hit the U.S., “it’s very clear that we’re in an economic slowdown right now,” Kory Kantenga, a senior economist at LinkedIn, tells CNBC Make It.
Even if economic growth is just slowing down, that environment can still be “very damaging” to employees and job-seekers, he adds.
No one is immune to losing their job — but learning what skills continue to be in-demand during economic downturns can help you stay competitive in a volatile market and pivot jobs, or industries, if needed, says Julia Pollak, chief economist at ZipRecruiter.
Economists say these are the most “recession-proof” skills that companies will be hiring for during the next recession: