Layoffs because of the global coronavirus crisis have already begun in states across the U.S.
Drivers at the Port of Los Angeles, convention workers in Las Vegas, festival staff in Austin, Texas, and hospitality employees in Seattle are among those who have already lost their jobs amid a tanking U.S. economy and plummeting consumer demand.
Experts have warned that job losses in the U.S. — particularly in the leisure, hospitality, retail, and food and beverage industries — may become more widespread if the crisis continues to worsen.
“We will definitely see an effect on jobs from the coronavirus, and it could be pretty large in leisure and hospitality,” Julia Pollak, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, told The Washington Post.
Pollak said she’d already heard “many reports of employers canceling staff everywhere.” The only industry that hasn’t such reductions so far is health care, she noted.
Josue Alvarez, 26, and his father “show up early every day” at the Port of Los Angeles “hoping for work but in the past two weeks almost always get sent home with no pay.” https://t.co/fURnwfbah1— Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) March 12, 2020
According to the Post, at least 145 drivers have been laid off from the Port of Los Angeles, the country’s busiest port, following a slew of ship canc
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