Poll: Nearly 1 In 5 Households Have Lost Work Because Of Pandemic

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    The coronavirus pandemic has already started to hit American pocketbooks, with nearly 1 in 5 households experiencing a layoff or a reduction in work hours, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll . As people stay home, avoid crowds and cancel plans to avoid spreading the disease, it’s rapidly causing a contraction in economic activity that is hurting a wide range of businesses. Restaurants, bars, hotels and airlines are among the hardest-hit industries, but the ripple effects of the drop in demand are expected to spread across virtually the entire economy. As of March 13-14, when the new poll was conducted, layoffs and reduced hours had already hit 18% of U.S. households. Lower-income workers were the most affected: A quarter of households making less than $50,000 had experienced cut hours or a job loss. And even those who haven’t lost work because of the coronavirus are often working differently because of the pandemic . A third of American households have had at least one

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