The Dual Crisis: How the COVID-19 Recession Deepens Racial and Economic Inequality Among Communities of Color
The United States is experiencing an unequal recovery. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented threat to our economy and the livelihoods of workers and their families, particularly workers paid low wages and Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and immigrant workers. The U.S. economy is slowly recovering, but not at all evenly or equitably. Communties of color and workers earning low wages continue to face some of the most severe implications of an inequitable economy due to the systemic barriers to economic prosperity with the U.S..
The COVID-19 recession has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color. Policymakers must adopt bold, worker-forward measures to support high quality career pathways and jobs for workers of color. They must also provide federal support to state governments. Supporting workers of color will benefit the entire country and promote an equitable, sustainable recovery.