Over the past several months, CLASP has been collecting stories from workers nationwide to amplify and assess the needs of workers during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This brief reports on some initial findings of workers’ challenges in balancing work and caring for themselves or loved ones when they are ill during this public health crisis.
Researchers, advocates, policymakers, and government agencies all rely on data to improve the socioeconomic outcomes of working people. Without comprehensive measures, it becomes difficult to gauge the growing challenges facing historically marginalized populations like low-wage workers.
Underemployment disproportionately afflicts people who have been historically marginalized and anybody facing barriers to economic security. Using these broader measures, our study finds that 4 in 10 part-time workers prefer more hours of work, compared to wanting the same or fewer hours.