60% of Low-Income Households Lost Earnings vs. 40% of Higher-Income Households During Pandemic

The report uncovers these households fared significantly worse during the pandemic than those with higher incomes – as reported in surveys conducted between March 2020 and May 2021 by the U.S. Census, Federal Reserve Board, University of Southern California and United For ALICE.

Even with government supports, ALICE households reported higher levels of job loss, child care struggles, and health challenges than those earning an income that affords the basics, according to the report. Racial inequities also are evident, with Black and Hispanic households reporting even harsher experiences.

“When you dig deeper than the national average, which paints a somewhat optimistic picture of COVID-19 recovery, it’s clear that ALICE households travelled a much more difficult path – financially and emotionally,” said United For ALICE Director Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D.

Read the full press release and report at: UnitedForALICE.org/covid2019

About United For ALICE 
United For ALICE is a driver of innovation, research and action to improve life across the country for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and for all. Through the development of the ALICE measurements, a comprehensive, unbiased picture of financial hardship has emerged. Harnessing this data and research on the mismatch between low-paying jobs and the cost of survival, ALICE partners convene, advocate and collaborate on solutions that promote financial stability at local, state and national levels. This grassroots ALICE movement, led by United Way of Northern New Jersey, has spread to 24 states and includes United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org


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