Nearly 3 in 10 New York City residents (29%) report that either they or someone in their household has lost their job as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) over the last two weeks, according to a tracking survey conducted by City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy (CUNY SPH) from March 20 to 22.
In addition, 80% of NYC residents said they experienced reduced ability to get the food they need, and two-thirds (66%) reported a loss of social connection in the past week, suggesting that compelled isolation is taking a toll on residents.
According to the findings, NYC’s Latinx/Hispanic community appears to be hit hardest, with 2 in 5 respondents (41%) saying either they or a household member lost their job in the last two weeks.
In comparison, less than a quarter (24%) of Caucasian and Asian respondents, and 15% of African American respondents reported household job loss.
Just over a quarter (26%) of English-speaking respondents who took the survey reported household job loss while two in five (39%) of Spanish-speaking respondents reported household job loss.
New York City households with an income below $50,000 say they were hardest hit, with 34%