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Young Workers Hit Hard by the Covid19 Economy

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Young workers hit hard by the COVID-19 economyWorkers ages 16–24 face high unemployment and an uncertain future

Report • By Elise Gould and Melat Kassa • October 14, 2020

Across the United States, millions of workers of all ages suffered job losses in the coronavirus-driven recession, but the economic impact on young workers has been even more intense. Not only have many young people in this country faced the harsh reality of returning to school without in-person classes at their colleges and high schools, the job prospects for those seeking employment have been particularly bleak. Historically, young people are disproportionately disadvantaged in many ways during economic downturns, but this recession has been particularly acute given the sectors of the economy that were hit the hardest. Furthermore, many have been all but blocked from receiving jobless benefits even with meaningful expansions to the unemployment insurance system.

This paper investigates several…

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