Black Americans most likely to have been laid off as result of COVID-19

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Urban News Staff Reports

A new analysis from the Strada Education Network examines the last four weeks of survey data by race and ethnicity, finding that Black and Latino Americans disproportionately report job and income loss, respectively.

Over the last month, 66% of Latino Americans have reported some kind of negative impact on their work as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, more than any other group and substantially higher than the 51% of white Americans who say the same. Black Americans, by contrast, are most likely to have lost their jobs over that period, with 25% saying they were laid off, compared to only 15% of white Americans.

"Peoples of color are experiencing more widespread job and income loss, and they have different perspectives on the role of education in meeting the challenges they are facing," said Dave Clayton, Ph.D., senior vice president at the Strada Center for Consumer Insights. "It's critical that policymakers, employers and educators understand both the similarities and the differences that exist as they develop solutions to help Americans navigate the impact of this crisis."

Among the findings from Public Viewpoint: COVID-19 Work and Education:

Impacts on Work


  • Black Americans are more likely to report being laid off (25%t as compared to 15% of whites), but Latino Americans are most likely to report overall income loss (66%) and specifically having their hours or shifts reduced (40%).
  • Among business owners, Latino and Asian Americans are most likely to have lost income

Sixty-five percent of Black business owners and 61% of white business owners have reported lost income.

Each week, 1,000 Americans are surveyed for Public Viewpoint. To date, over 4,000 Americans have been surveyed. This week's analysis reflects aggregated responses from March 25 through April 16.

Public Viewpoint is produced by Strada Education Network's Center for Consumer Insights, a research team that studies the experiences and perceptions of American adults in order to inform the development of a more consumer-centered learning ecosystem. Strada Center for Consumer Insights provides the nation's only education consumer database, which includes more than 350,000 completed surveys about the education and work experiences of American adults.

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