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Poll Finds Nearly Half of Jobs Lost to Coronavirus Layoffs May Be Gone Forever


Nearly half of American families – 47 percent – experiencing layoffs during the Coronavirus pandemic believe those jobs may be gone forever when asked in July 2020, an increase from the 20 percent of those families who felt the same way in April 2020, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found.

Overall, the poll found that 53 percent of Americans were dealing with some form of income loss due to the Coronavirus pandemic such as a layoff, reduction in salary, or reduction in hours worked. More specifically, 27 percent said they or someone in their household had been laid off because of the Coronavirus outbreak.

A growing number of these people do not think those jobs will be coming back. The poll asked them the question: “Do you think you or the person in your household who was laid off will or will not be able to go back to the same job once the Coronavirus outbreak is over?” Their answers have changed over the past four months.

  • In April 2020, 78 percent said they definitely, probably will, or are already back at the same job while 20 percent said they definitely or probably will not be back at the same job.

  • In May 2020, 70 percent said they definitely, probably will, or are already back at the same job while 30 percent said they definitely or probably will not be back at the same job.

  • In June 2020, 63 percent said they definitely, probably will, or are already back at the same job while 36 percent said they definitely or probably will not be back at the same job.

  • In July 2020, 52 percent said they definitely, probably will, or are already back at the same job while 47 percent said they definitely or probably will not be back at the same job.

Despite fewer Americans who have experienced layoffs in their household thinking they will be able to go back to the same job, 72 percent of Americans want their community to prioritize restrictions to stem the spread of the Coronavirus even at the expense of the economy compared to 27 percent who prioritize reopening the economy. FULL BLOG POST