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Who is most at risk in the coronavirus crisis: 24 million of the lowest-income workers

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POLITICO.COM

This
week, unemployment claims soared as state and federal officials
restricted public gatherings and shuttered stores to prevent the
spread of the COVID-19. Using wage data from the U.S. Department of
Labor and working conditions surveys from O*NET, we analyzed those
who are most vulnerable. First, we looked at the bottom quarter of
earners — people in jobs that pay less than $35,000 a year. Next,
we narrowed that list to people who work at an arm’s length or less
from others during their regular shifts, according to workforce
survey data. This group, nearly 24 million people — or about 15
percent of the American workforce — is at the highest risk of
suffering injury from the COVID-19 pandemic. Among them are
bartenders, paramedics, home health aides, janitors, drivers and
more.

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