Why black Americans are at higher risk for coronavirus

April 8, 2020

The widespread shutdown of non-essential businesses has hurt black and Hispanic workers at a higher rate.

William Rodgers, chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, estimated that the true rate of unemployment is likely 20.7% percent for African Americans rather than the official rate of 4.1%, and 18.7% for Hispanic workers, as opposed to the official rate of 6%.

He said that the higher unemployment rates for minorities and young workers is primarily because the sectors in which they typically work will be more affected by current lockdown policies in much of the country.

CNN.com, April 7, 2020

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