The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant effect on labor market metrics for every state, economic sector, and major demographic group in the United States.
Family of 5 Finds Safety In The Quest Westside Legacy Program
Tori H. and Bernard M., parents of three children under the age of 5, entered the Quest Westside Legacy Program in August of 2018 because their home had black mold from continuous flooding, rodent infestations, and faulty electricity.
Neither was able to work—Tori due to a disability while Bernard assisted Tori 24/7. After securing safe housing through Quest, Bernard was able to obtain two jobs. As part of the Legacy program, they saved money and learned how to budget.
and then came COVID...
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted demographic groups disparately. Although all demographic groups were affected, persons identifying as Black or Hispanic and younger workers generally experienced relatively high peaks in unemployment and relatively steep declines in labor force participation over the course of the pandemic. Additionally, persons with lower educational attainment have generally experienced relatively higher unemployment rates and lower labor force participation throughout the pandemic.