Low-income workers have been at the forefront of job losses in the start of the pandemic in March 2020, and it’s continued into the new year.
Those working in non-essential businesses or in places that require a large amount of face-to-face interaction— bars, restaurants, music venues, sports venues — have suffered the most during the COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders.
As of Friday, there are 13 states — Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont — have shut down some businesses due to lockdown measures, while six states — California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, along with Washington, D.C. — have had most of their businesses shut down, according to the New York Times.
Many consumers have altered the way they shop, eat and live through the pandemic, and some economists believe these habits might continue even after the pandemic is over, according to a recent report from the Associated Press.
The U.S. saw an unemployment rate of about 6.7%. December alone saw a loss of nearly 140,000 jobs.