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Gallup Survey Shows Rate of Unemployment Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

The global economy has suffered severely at the hands of the ongoing pandemic. A study shows some jobs are more affected due to the coronavirus outbreak than others. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, nearly 1.9 million Americans filed for unemployment in a single week of May.

The country was shut down in mid-March due to an increasing number of Covid-19 patients. Most of the businesses closed for the next couple of months. Overall, nearly 40 million people filed for unemployment due to coronavirus.

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Jonathan Rothwell is the Principal Economist for Gallup. He said that the economic crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic is faced differently among the working class. In-person service providers have suffered more than others.

Gallup conducted a survey that shows the effect of the economic crisis due to the pandemic in various working groups.

1-     Society workers

Mainly the janitor and waiters at restaurants have faced unemployment due to coronavirus. The data shows that the pay of 43 percent of workers was reduced. 34 percent of the workers were laid off their jobs.

2-     Artists and media professionals

The theaters were closed due to the pandemic and many artists lost their jobs. 18 percent of people no longer have a job while 48 percent faced a reduction in their salaries.

3-     Small businessmen

The older adults were mainly affected in this category aged above 50. All businesses had to halt their operations due to the virus. As a result, the unemployment rate of business owners is 19 percent.

4-     Construction workers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that nearly 2.6 million older adults worked for construction-related jobs. The unemployment due to coronavirus resulted in 18 percent of construction workers laid off their jobs. Around 38 percent of the older adults had their salaries reduced.

5-     Sales employees

With many businesses closing amid te pandemic, several sales workers faced unemployment due to coronavirus. 45 percent of the people working in sales received lower salaries while 18 percent lost jobs.

6-     Transport workers

Older adults usually work in the transport sector due to flexible timings. 17 percent of these transportation workers do not have their job any longer. The people who got lower pay include 49 percent of the workers.

7-     Manufacturing sector employees

The data provided by the Society for Human Resource Management shows that 27 percent of these employees are aged 55 or more. 15 percent of these employees lost jobs. Moreover, 36 percent of them received lower salaries during the pandemic.

8-     Maintenance workers

These workers faced problems during the lockdown as they can not provide at-home services any longer. Almost 14 percent of people working as installation or repair workers faced unemployment due to coronavirus. 32 percent of workers received reduced pay.

9-     Healthcare professionals

The health care workers are on the frontline against the coronavirus. Even then, some workers were unemployed as other services were suspended in hospitals. 32 percent of these workers lower salaries than usual while 18 percent lost their jobs.

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10-  Office jobholders

Most of the clerical staff in offices were laid off or given reduced pay. The unemployment due to coronavirus among 11 percent of office staff occurred. 22 percent of them received less pay than usual.

Coronavirus affected working people at various levels. After the effects of the pandemic on the economy will be seen more clearly in the coming months.

Areeba Hussain

The author is a fulltime medical and healthcare writer. She graduated in Medical Microbiology and Immunology with distinction. Her areas of prime interest are medicine, medical technology, disease awareness, and research analysis. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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