Public Viewpoint: National Overview

Released May 13, 2020

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More than 33 million workers have filed for unemployment since the COVID-19 crisis began, and the unemployment rate has climbed to 14.7 percent. We also know tens of millions more have kept their jobs or small businesses but have had hours, wages, and income reduced. This week’s findings explore early indicators of how affected workers are adapting—and the differences across different generations, education levels, racial and ethnic groups, and fields of work.

Responses from more than 7,000 adults now are included in this survey*, updated weekly and designed to track the impact of the pandemic on American lives, work, and education. Its intent is to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the crisis.

About one-third have started a new job in the past month.


Those who have completed graduate or professional degrees are much more likely to have started a new job.


Across all education levels, Latinos and black Americans are more likely to have started a new job than white Americans.


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