Immigrant and Other U.S. Workers a Year into the Pandemic: A Focus on Top Immigrant States   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "More than a year since the onset of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic, and six months into U.S. vaccination efforts, the economy is starting to rebound from the worst of the economic recession induced by stay-at-home mandates, social-distancing measures, supply chain disruptions, and other pandemic impacts. The economy added 559,000 jobs in May 2021, and the official unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent. Yet, there were still 7.6 million fewer jobs in the country in May 2021 compared to February 2020, the month immediately before the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, foreign-born workers have had higher unemployment rates than U.S.-born workers, due partly to their higher concentrations in industries and occupations in which layoffs were more widespread. [...] This issue brief describes the state contexts for employment and unemployment trends among immigrant and U.S.-born workers, including their differing mix of industries, lengths of stay-at-home orders, definitions of essential workers, stringency of restrictions on restaurants and bars, and timing and intensity of COVID-19 outbreaks. The analysis focuses on the ten states with the largest number of immigrant residents in recent years."

2021 Migration Policy Institute
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