The New York Times: ‘It’s a Wreck’: 3.3 Million File Unemployment Claims as Economy Comes Apart

Women on the Front Lines

“Through all the hurricanes, floods, I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said. “On the movies I have, not in real life.”

Low-wage workers — many of them black, like Ms. Moore-Caraway, or Hispanic — have been hit especially hard by the sudden economic reversal. Many work in the industries most affected by the outbreak, such as restaurants and travel, and few can work from home. They are also less likely to have sick leave or other paid time off, and they have less money saved to help overcome a missed paycheck.

Black and Hispanic workers “always bear the brunt” of economic slowdowns, said Alix Gould-Werth, a researcher at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a left-leaning think tank. “Now they’re bearing the brunt of these twin crises, the health crisis and the economic crisis.”

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