The impacts of the novel Coronavirus have been directly prevalent among Black, Latino, Indigenous, and immigrant households. The disproportionate impacts stem from structural racism within education, employment, housing, and health care. Relief measures that have resulted from the economic shut down have had gaps that often leave out the poorest households from benefits and thus delayed aid to households. The continued hardships such as hunger, eviction, and homelessness all depend on the trajectory of the pandemic and the pace at which the economy recovers. The unemployment rate jumped in April to a level not seen since the 1930s and it stood at 6.9 percent until October. The majority of jobs lost in the crisis have been industries that pay low average wages, with the lowest-paying industries accounting for 30 percent of all jobs, 52 percent of those jobs have been lost from the span of February to October according to the Labor Department Employment data. In regards to difficulty getting food, 12 percent of all adults, 16 percent with children in the household, and 9 percent without children, in the country reported that their household often didn't have enough to eat in the last week according to a Household Pulse Survey data collected October 28 through November 9th. With the inability to pay rent, an estimated 13.4 million adults living in rental housing, nearly 1 in 5 adult renters were not caught up on rent: 33 percent of Black renters, 17 percent of Latino renter, and 16 percent of Asian renters said they were not caught up on rent, compared to 14 percent of white renters. You can read all about the recession effects caused by the Coronavirus in specific states and races all over the country in the article linked below.
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