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October 28, 2020

How US Latinx workers are disproportionately affected by Covid-19

By Paul Dennis

28 October

Economists believe that Latinx workers have suffered more economic distress than their white counterparts since the spread of the Covid-19 disease in the US.

Approximately 14.7 million Latinx workers lost their jobs since February 2020, with payroll enrolments being 10% below its February levels in the end of June.

Marie Mora, an American economist, thanked Sarah Jacobson, an environmental economist for having heard of her talk on the pandemic and its impact on Latinx workers with Scott Horsley, an economics reporter for the non-profit media organisation, National Public Radio (NPR).

Mora talked about how Latinx communities are suffering disproportionately due to the Covid-19 recession because of their overrepresentation in some of the worst hit industries where job losses are much higher.

Additionally, further outbreak of the disease in Arizona, Texas, California, and Florida, where a larger section of the US Latinx communities live, suggest that Latinx workers are facing worse economic distress and health damages than their white counterparts since Covid-19 began spreading.

Latinx communities in the US work under a bigoted immigration regime where workers are disempowered at workplaces through low wages, and lower access to both health care and better job opportunities.

With the spread of the pandemic, the communities have become even more vulnerable to inadequate workplace safety.

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