Many Gen Zers might not qualify for the stimulus check, despite the fact over a third of them have already been laid off by their employers

By Dominic-Madori Davis


As previously reported by Business Insider, young people often work in industries such as retail and hospitality, which have already seen massive disruptions. Thousands of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops have shuttered nationwide as state governments have mandated the closure of “non-essential” businesses amid the pandemic. 

The Center for Law and Social Policy points out that young people account for 25% of low-paying jobs, while more than 38% work in the gig economy. Half of all workers who were paid minimum wage last year were young adults, and they only comprise one-fifth of hourly workers. Furthermore, the rate of poverty among young adults is at 15%, which is higher than the average rate of 12.3%. 


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