Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the think tank, said Tuesday’s data provides “further evidence that the economic effects of this crisis – just like the health impacts – have not been felt equally across the city. ”
“It’s incredibly alarming that about one in four Bronx residents are unable to find work right now,” Bowles said. “We are going to see a massive increase in poverty there, unless unemployment benefits are extended.”
The Bronx had the city’s highest unemployment rate before the pandemic. It was 5.2% in June 2019, but the rate has increased year over year at a faster rate than Manhattan, which was 3.5% unemployment in June.