The Geography of Low-Income Job Losses

The historic job losses of the past two months have hit the most vulnerable workers harder than others, so far. The Urban Institute estimated and mapped where more low-income jobs have been lost.

April 19, 2020, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"The neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19 job losses are home to workers in industries like tourism and transportation, which are bearing the brunt of the economic shutdown," according to an interactive mapping project recently published by the Urban Institute. The project estimates the number of low-income jobs lost, and jobs at risk, by residents in each census tract or are at risk when stay-at-home orders are in place.

Check out the entire map of the country for a broad picture of the geography of the unemployment crisis, or zoom into the Census tract, level, as promised, for a more granular understanding.

For more on the geography of occupations, and the imbalance of economic effect during the pandemic, see also analysis by Jonathan Stiles published on Planetizen earlier this month.

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