Coronavirus Pandemic Effects on North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton Employment: Division of Labor and Job Loss
Keywords:coronavirus, economy, pandemic, inequality, unemployment
Studies have demonstrated that the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic have not been equitable. Using survey data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau, my research examines the employment rates for each industry within the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton tri-city area. Comparison of these rates indicates that the economy took a dramatic hit in the area of leisure and hospitality, which lost the highest percentage of its workers by far; workers in this category also have the lowest average salary and are disproportionately women and people of color. Because low-income workers, and more specifically women and people of color, were more likely to have lost their jobs, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton economy cannot be considered equitable. Additionally, the intersections of these social groups are evident, highlighting the necessity for government intervention in order to account for underlying inequalities.