Gen Z is going to get slammed even worse than boomers by coronavirus layoffs

By Taylor Nicole Rogers | Business Insider

Coronavirus-related layoffs will disproportionately hurt workers in Gen Z, a new study found.

Members of Gen Z, which Pew Research Center defines as those between the ages of 7 and 22, are three times more likely to report losing their jobs or being put on temporary leave as the novel coronavirus outbreak threatens to send the United States into a recession, Harris Poll found in a survey published Thursday. Young service workers are losing more work hours than any other demographic, Harris Poll found.

Almost a third of the Gen Z workers interviewed had been put on leave by their employers or completely laid off, compared with only 13% of workers between the ages of 35 and 54, according to Harris Poll.

Less than two weeks after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemicrestaurants, coffee shops, gyms, fitness studios, and cultural institutions have already begun to lay off employees. Some cities forced the closures while others shuttered voluntarily as customers embrace social distancing in an attempt to slow the virus’ spread. Air travel has also ground to a halt, leaving airline and hotel employees vulnerable to layoffs as well.

An unprecedented 3.28 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the week ending March 21 alone.

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Harris Poll surveyed 2,050 adults across the country online between March 14 and 15 and March 17 and 18. The market research firm also weighed participant’s responses based on their age, sex, race, education, region, and household income to make their sample more representative of the United States as a whole.

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