Less than half of L.A. County residents still have jobs amid COVID-19 shutdown

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Two women peer into a closed store in downtown Los Angeles amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 14, 2020. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Two women peer into a closed store in downtown Los Angeles amid the COVID-19 pandemic on April 14, 2020. (ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

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Because of the colossal impact that the coronavirus outbreak has had on the U.S. economy, less than half of Los Angeles County residents — 45% compared with 61% in mid-March — still hold a job, a decline of 16 percentage points, or an estimated 1.3 million jobs, according to findings from a national survey released Friday.

The survey also suggests that 25.5 million jobs have been potentially lost across the U.S. since mid-March, and that people of color, especially black Americans, are more likely to have lost their jobs since mid-March.

Nationally, 15% of white people said they had lost their jobs, while 18% of Latinos and 21% of black people reported job losses.

But a significant majority of job losses, 67% nationally, were reported as temporary layoffs. Angelenos reported similar experiences.

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