Women Lose More Jobs in Coronavirus Stops: NPR

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Millions of jobs have been lost as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Working women are the hardest hit, accounting for almost 60% of the first layoffs.

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Millions of jobs have been lost as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Working women are the hardest hit, accounting for almost 60% of the first layoffs.

Paul Sancya / AP

The coronavirus has dealt a severe blow to American workers. So far, women have been paying a large part of the price.

The Ministry of Labor reports that more than 700,000 jobs were lost in the first wave of pandemic layoffs last month. Almost 60% of these jobs were held by women.

Perla Pimentel was one of the first economic victims. She worked as an event coordinator in Orlando, helping organize group meetings in the Mecca of tourism.

Six weeks ago, groups planning meetings in Florida began canceling as concerns over the coronavirus rose. In mid-March, Pimentel was unemployed.

Since then, millions of people across the country have been laid off, Americans ordered to take refuge and wait for the pandemic. Central Florida, heavily dependent on tourism, was particularly affected.

“It looks like everyone you know is unemployed or at some degree of separation,” said Pimentel.

Two weeks after his layoff, Pimentel’s father lost his job as a transportation contractor for Disney World. The warehouse where her mom works has also started laying off workers. At the moment, only his brother has a reliable salary.

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