Women suffered more job losses during coronavirus pandemic – Daily News

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Working mothers who are juggling worries about job loss and child care responsibilities have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey released by USC researchers.

The new analysis of the USC Dornsife’s Understanding Coronavirus in America tracking survey — which surveyed more than 6,800 people — found that women, particularly those without a college degree, have suffered more job losses than men and had greater responsibility for child care during the pandemic.

“Considering women already shouldered a greater burden for child care prior to the pandemic, it’s unsurprising the demands are now even greater,” said Gema Zamarro, the study’s author and an adjunct senior economist for the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research.

“While men are more likely to die from infection by COVID-19, overall the pandemic has had a disproportionately detrimental impact on the mental health of women, particularly those with kids.”

Zamarro noted that the COVID crisis has disproportionately affected women because the pandemic has devastated service-oriented sectors, such as restaurants, hotels and hospitality, that employ more women and that child care needs soared as schools and day care centers closed and stay-at-home orders made it more difficult for family members, including grandparents, to help.

The survey found that non-college-educated women were hit the hardest by job loss, suffering a 15% drop in employment to 36% from March to early April. Men without a college education suffered an 11% drop to 47% in the same time period, according to the survey.

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