The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly jobs data shows that the economy lost 20.5 million jobs between March and April 2020. These numbers, based on survey results from mid-April, are the first to capture the effects of an entire month of business closures across the country due to COVID-19. The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the disastrous consequences of longstanding racial and gender inequities, and women have proven particularly vulnerable to the pandemic’s economic consequences. Women are overrepresented in the front-line workforce, making up the vast majority of workers risking their lives to provide health care, child care, and other essential services. Women are also far more likely than men to work in part-time, low-paid, and/or tipped jobs, meaning women were often struggling to make ends meet before the crisis hit—and faced a higher risk of losing their jobs as retail stores, restaurants, and other service sector businesses were forced to lay off workers or close their doors entirely.

Published On: May 8, 2020Associated Issues: Workplace Justice
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