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COVID-Labor Day Survey: 1 in 3 Americans Worried About Job Safety

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Labor Day is fast approaching.  It’s of course a holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. But this year, with the national unemployment rate set at 10.2 percent it’s also a time to take a look at how workers are being impacted by the Coronavirus Pandemic.  WGVU takes a look at a recent WalletHub survey and its findings.

In light of the financial struggles many American workers are facing across the U.S., WalletHub wanted to find out what’s on workers’ minds.  They conducted a nationally representative survey.  Here’s what they found.  To start, findings show that nearly 1 in 3 Americans are worried about job security.  As it relates to the state of the workforce, more than half of those surveyed say they think they’ve worked harder since the pandemic began.  Here’s WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez.

“Not only do half of Americans think they work harder during the pandemic, but about 40 percent think management has taken advantage of labor during the pandemic.  So, those people that are lucky enough to still have jobs might have seen a lot co-workers laid off  or furloughed, and  have taken over that load of work.”

For those who are out of work, having lost their job during COVID 19, they want extended COVID 19 relief.

“The overwhelming majority, about 75 percent of people think Congress should continue to give extra unemployment benefits until the pandemic ends. So not necessarily capping it on a certain date, but seeing when this is actually over.”

Moving to travel, typically, families pile into their cars for a road trip or hop on a plane before school goes into session, but not this year.  WalletHub’s survey found 75 percent will not travel this weekend and others fear Labor Day crowds.  77 percent say they do not trust others to be responsible with social distancing.

“Even I f things are open, people don’t trust their fellow Americans in terms of traveling responsibly yet.”

For a complete look at the survey results, you can go to WalletHub.com.