Public Viewpoint: Impact Differences by Race/Ethnicity

Released April 22, 2020

Report | Webinar | Charts

The economic impact of COVID-19 is widespread, but the ramifications are felt disproportionately among people of color.

In the fourth week of this nationally representative survey*, disparities among how different racial and ethnic groups are affected by the crisis are emerging. The survey of now more than 4,000 adults is updated weekly and designed to track the impact of the pandemic on American lives, work, and education. Its intent is to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the crisis.

The survey findings capture how this period is affecting people’s jobs and earnings across different races and ethnicities— as well as perspectives on the role of education as they look to recover financially.

Most Americans (62%) are worried they will lose their jobs, but people of color are more worried.

In the last month, the majority of Americans in the workforce (54%) have lost jobs or income during this crisis, but various groups are affected differently.