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COVID-19's Differential Impact on Workers

Published on: May 13, 2020. Updated on: October 20, 2020.


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The health and economic consequences of COVID-19 have had a disproportionate impact on workers. Minorities and women carry much of the burden of frontline work, and thus are more exposed to the virus. As social distancing measures lead to more working from home, there is racial and educational divides among who can do their jobs remotely and who can’t. People with highly paid white-collar jobs that are computer-focused can easily adjust while many manufacturing and service-sector workers are economically vulnerable.

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Front-line work: Associated Press

  • NOTE: The Associated Press analysis is of census data in the country’s 100 largest cities

Working from home: U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics: Economic News Release and The Washington Post


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