Women, Work, and the Economic Hardship in the Pandemic: Analysis of Household Pulse Survey Data for Washington
Policy Report from Washington State Labor Education & Research Center
Washington Workers in the Pandemic confirms the lived experience of our state’s workers: this pandemic has on average hit women differently from men, white workers differently from Black and Latinx workers. The report, third in a series by the WA Labor Education and Research Center and Working Title Research, confirms:
The #1 reason women of color have left the workforce: to fulfill unpaid family care needs, rather than for lack of work.
Men, and particularly Latinx men, were alarmingly and disproportionately likely to have lost work due to illness and COVID19.
Women, especially women of color, more frequently cited examples of extreme family economic distress – unpaid bills, food insecurity, and children’s food insufficiency. Food insecurity hit families of color, and especially Latinx households, hardest.
Unlike our prior reports focusing on low-wage frontline workers, this report examined households across the state using three different Census Department survey “snapshots”; it compares all workers’ experience across occupations, demographics, and time. This broader look at Washington households confirms: there will be no broad-based recovery until Washington address the childcare crisis and other equity-focused policies to support working families.