Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Pandemic Unemployment Hits Many Families

From CNN:

The pandemic devastated the once strong US labor market — that much we already knew from various economic data. On Wednesday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics added a bit more detail.

Nearly 10% of US families — 9.8% to be precise — included at least one unemployed family member last year. That was double the number from 2019, when 4.9% of families confronted unemployment.
In all, 8.1 million families — which the Labor Department defines as a group of two or more people who live together and are related by birth, marriage or adoption — experienced a job loss last year.
But the economic hardship from the pandemic isn't spread evenly across the population.
White families were the least likely to have an unemployed family member, at 9%, while Hispanic families were the most likely at 14.3%.
This was a big change from the prior year when Asian families were the least likely to have a jobless member and Black families were the most likely.

Read more here.

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