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Asian American New Yorkers See Highest Unemployment Growth

Asian Americans saw a massive unemployment jump during the pandemic, revealing low-income workers' precarious situations

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Asian American New Yorkers have seen the highest surge in unemployment of any group in New York City, a study from the Asian American Federation found. The organization recently released a report looking into the impact the coronavirus had on unemployment in the community. It found at the beginning of the pandemic, Asian Americans in the city had a jobless rate of 3.4 percent. By May, that rate surged to 25.6 percent, the largest increase of all major racial groups. Howard Shih, research and policy director for the Asian American Federation, said the results “point to the precariousness of many Asian low-income workers and the vulnerability revealed by the COVID shutdown.” NBC News 

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