Equitable Growth’s Household Pulse graphs: October 14 – 26

On November 3, the U.S. Census Bureau released new data on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on workers and households. Below are four graphs compiled by Equitable Growth staff highlighting important trends in the data.

Low-income families are more likely to report not being employed compared to middle- and high-income families, exacerbating financial precarity for these U.S. households amid the Coronavirus Recession.

Share of respondents reporting being employed in the last 7 days, by 2019 U.S. household income

As coronavirus cases surge across the country, workers with lower levels of education are reporting higher rates of not working due to symptoms of the disease compared to those with a bachelor’s or graduate degree.

Share of U.S. population 18-years and older not working at time of the survey because they were sick with coronavirus symptoms, by educational attainment, October 14-26

Latinx, Black, and Asian American households continue to report having already lost income during the current recession and expect to continue to lose income at higher rates compared to White households.

U.S. respondents experiencing and expecting loss of employment income since March 13, 2020, by race and ethnicity

Nearly one-quarter of Black renters and one-fifth of Latinx and Asian American renters report they are not currently caught up on rent, and people of color who own their homes are more likely to report not being current on their mortgage payments compared to White homeowners.

Currently caught up on rent and mortgage, by race and ethnicity
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