Study Shows Black And Older People Hit Hardest By Job loss During COVID-19 Pandemic

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research conducted the study

KDKA Radio Staff
June 19, 2020 - 10:35 am

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - A study from the University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research finds job losses during the first three month of the coronavirus hit black and older workers hardest in Allegheny County.

In a survey of over 2,500 people, almost 20 percent of black workers lost jobs compared to around 17 percent of white workers.

Employees over 65 were most likely to lose employment, just under 27 percent reported a job loss.

Key findings of the study include:

• 20.1% of workers employed at the beginning of March were no longer employed and receiving a wage or salary at the time of the survey. 83.1% of these separations (or 16.7% of all workers employed at the beginning of March) reported that their recent separation was due to COVID-19.

• 42.5% of workers employed at the beginning of March shifted to working at home, or teleworking, due to COVID-19.

• Compared to early March, 13.7% of workers reported they were working more than their usual number of hours per week, but 23.1% are estimated to be working less than their regular hours per week. The majority of workers (63.1%) reported working approximately the same number of hours per week.

 • Loss of employment disproportionately impacted Black workers in Allegheny County; 19.7% of Black workers employed at the beginning of March reported job loss due to COVID-19, compared to 17.2% of White workers and 6.0% of workers of all other races.

• Elderly workers were the most likely to have lost paid employment due to COVID-19. Among workers age 65 and over, 26.8% reported having recently lost paid employment due to COVID19 compared to 13.2% of workers between the ages of 18-34.

• Younger workers were the most likely to have shifted to working at home or teleworking; 54.3% of workers age 18-34 shifted to working at home or teleworking.

• Workers with a high school degree or less experienced the highest rates of job loss due to COVID-19; 29.2% of these workers reported a recent job loss compared to just 6.0% of workers with a master’s degree or higher.

Unemployment stats
University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research

Read the full report here

 

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