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CUNY: New York City COVID-19 Survey Week 2 – Job Loss in NYC Disproportionately Impacts Hispanics and Lower Income City Residents

Nearly three in ten New York City (NYC) residents (29 percent) report that either they or someone in their household has lost their job as a result of coronavirus over the last two weeks. In addition, 80 percent of NYC residents said they experienced reduced ability to get the food they need, and two-thirds (66 percent) reported a loss of social connection in the past week, suggesting that compelled isolation is taking a toll on residents. The findings are part of the second week of data from a city and statewide CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) tracking survey conducted March 20-22.

Key sub-group findings on job loss in New York City include:

The city’s Latinx/Hispanic community appeared to be hit hardest, with two in five respondents (41 percent) saying either they or a household member lost their job in the last two weeks. In comparison, less than a quarter (24 percent) of Caucasian and Asian respondents, and 15 percent of African American respondents reported household job loss.

Just over a quarter (26 percent) of English-speaking respondents who took the survey reported household job loss while two in five (39 percent) of Spanish-speaking respondents reported household job loss.

New York City households with earnings under $50,000 say they were hardest hit, with 34 percent reporting losing a job, compared to 28 percent of respondents with earnings between $50,000-$100,000 and 16 percent of those who reported they earned over $100,000.

42 percent of people with families of two or more children reported household job losses compared to 27 percent of those with one child or less.

Middle-age respondents appear to have been hit hardest, with one-third (34 percent) of 30-59 year-old respondents reporting job loss compared to less than a quarter (24 percent) of 18-29 year-olds and 23 percent of those over 60.

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