Research from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit Lean In shows that black women are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus unemployment crisis.
The survey of more than 2,600 people found that black women were twice as likely as white men to say that they were laid off or furloughed in the wake of the pandemic.
Black women were also much more likely than white men to say they were struggling to pay rent and pay for basic necessities, according to the survey.
A recent study from the Economic Policy Institute backed up those findings, showing that black women are more than 30% more likely to be out of work during the pandemic than white men.
This economic inequality is due to a number of factors, including that black women are overrepresented in the service industry, and are paid less than white men and women.
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The coronavirus pandemic, and the history-making rise in unemployment, has impacted millions of Americans. But among the worst hit by the economic fallout are black women, according to data from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s nonprofit, Lean In, which is backed up by a new study from left-leaning think tank Economic Policy Institute.
Lean In’s survey of more than 2,600 people found that black women are twice as likely as white men to say that they’d either been laid off, furloughed, or had their hours or pay reduced because of the coronavirus pandemic. Some 54% of black women reported facing economic challenges like getting laid off or having their pay docked, compared to 44% of black men, 31% of white women, and 27% of white men.
When asked how long they could survive (in other words, pay for rent and groceries) if they lost their income, 34% of black women said less than one month, versus 28% of black men, 25% of white women and 11% of white men.
EPI’s study reaffirmed the disparities that Lean In found related to race and gender, highlighting that black women are 32% more likely than white men to be out of work during the pandemic.
In its analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EPI determined that the unemployment rate for black women in April was 16.9%, compared with 16.4% for black men, 15.8% for white women, and 12.8% for white men. Even looking at the percentage of a demographic currently employed (which helps account for people who aren’t actively looking for work), EPI found that black women are employed at the lowest rate and saw the steepest dropoff from February to April.
“Although the current strain of the coronavirus is one that humans have never experienced before, the disparate racial impact of the virus is deeply rooted in historic and ongoing social and economic injustices,” the report’s authors, Elise Gould and Valerie Wilson, wrote.
As Sheryl Sandberg told Business Insider in a recent interview, the pandemic is exposing and exacerbating inequality that already exists.
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