Jobless During a Global Pandemic: The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 on Workers of Color in the World's Fifth Largest Economy   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Executive Summary: "COVID-19's [coronavirus disease 2019] direct and indirect disruptions are creating enormous financial hardships to workers, families, businesses, and communities. As of May 28, 2020, California reported 103,886 confirmed cases and 4,068 deaths. The magnitude of the economic impacts is most evident in the dramatic increase in jobless Americans. Between mid-February and mid-April, the nation lost about 25 million jobs, with about 3 million in California, the most of any state in the country. This level is several orders of magnitude higher than any other two-month period in previous years, including any point during the Great Recession. To address the economic shocks and joblessness resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government and the State of California have enacted COVID-19 relief measures. Yet, many of these measures exclude vulnerable Californians who are critical to the world's fifth-largest economy and who will play an outsized role in economic recovery. This report examines the California labor force--both salary and wage earners--to identify workers who are jobless as a result of COVID-19, and the direction and magnitude of racial/ethnic disparities. It examines the totality of the pandemic's effect through mid-April 2020."

UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative; UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge
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