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Historically, the service industry provided work to the unemployed in other sectors during US economic crises. But things are different in the 2020 coronavirus recession. COVID-19 has hit the services sector the hardest. This brief overview by journalists Emily Badger and Alicia Parlapiano highlights that government aid has propped up low-wage workers’ income. But their future is precarious without a return to pre-COVID-19 spending patterns, especially those of the rich.
About the Authors
Emily Badger covers urban policy at The New York Times, where Alicia Parlapiano reports on politics and policy.
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