Over the past three months, every one of us has been impacted by the health, economic, and social crisis that our nation is facing. But it is clear that those living in poverty and individuals working low-wage jobs have been disproportionately affected during this challenging time.
Low-income workers are much more likely to be employed in jobs requiring physical labor with a limited ability to work from home. Retail and entertainment venues, two of the major industries forced to reduce operations most severely during stay-at-home orders, are two of the greatest employers of low-wage workers. As a result, many low-income families have had to grapple with the loss of jobs, reduced hours, or increased exposure to the virus.
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