Women in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and other minority communities experienced the highest long-term unemployment rates resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, a recent analysis of UCLA statistics from 2020 revealed.
Disproportionate figures: According to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), nearly half (44%) of all Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women who lost their jobs last year have been out of work for over six months, reported The Hill.
Asian Americans recorded the highest jobless rates among U.S. women in the last six months of 2020, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show.
The country lost a net total of 140,000 jobs in December, the first month of job loss since employment opportunities resumed last May.
Asian Americans are reportedly finding it harder than others in the United States to regain the jobs they lost in 2020 due to the pandemic.
Out of work: A recent study has highlighted that an estimated 10 million Asian workers had a relatively low unemployment rate of 5.9% between October to December in 2020.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left Asian Americans more unemployed than Whites, according to a recent report from the Labor Department.
As more people returned to work, America’s overall unemployment rate improved from 10.2% in July to 8.4% in August — but many Asian Americans may not be feeling it.
For much of the previous decade, Asian Americans saw the lowest unemployment rate of any racial or ethnic group in the U.S. They also had the highest median household income, which translated to figures that reinforced perceptions of them as the “model minority.”
Unfortunately, this is no longer the picture in New York, at least, where the COVID-19 crisis has disproportionately impacted Asian Americans. In the last four weeks, some 147,000 workers from the group filed initial unemployment claims.
Japan has been making great strides in decreasing unemployment rates recently, but experts are warning of something terrible happening on the flip side.
According to government data released this week, the country’s jobless rate was at 2.8% in April for the third consecutive month, making it the lowest since 1994, the Japan Times reported. In addition, there were 148 positions for every 100 applicants, indicating a general surplus in available jobs.