The unemployment rate for those who identify as Hispanic in the United States rose 13.7% during the coronavirus outbreak — particularly among women, whose unemployment rose by 15%. A survey from Pew Research Center shows that the unemployment rate for Hispanics hit a peak of 18.5% in April 2020. In contrast, the rate peaked at 13.9% in January 2010 after the Great Recession.
Unemployment for Hispanic men rose by 12.5% between February and April 2020, 2.5% lower than the rate for women. Women are “overrepresented in some of the hardest-hit industries, such as leisure and hospitality, health care and education, but women — especially black and Hispanic women — lost jobs in those sectors at disproportionate rates,” according to Samantha Schmidt, a reporter on gender and family issues.
Strong majorities of survey respondents support preventing evictions and foreclosures for those who have lost jobs and providing business loans and tax cuts to keep workers on payroll, according to Pew.