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How the coronavirus job cuts played out by sector and demographics
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The job losses suffered in March as the U.S. economy shut down in the face of the novel coronavirus pandemic were widespread but still were disproportionately felt in a handful of employment sectors as well as by women, the young and the less educated.
In all, 701,000 jobs were reported lost last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, but even that massive number — the largest since the financial crisis 11 years ago — did not capture the true depth of the losses because the monthly survey was conducted too early in March.
Still, it shows that even in the earliest stages of the business closures that have since spread across the country, the cuts were most heavily felt in industries such as hotels, restaurants and education as the travel industry shut down, bars and eateries closed their doors, and day care centers shuttered, all in the aim of limiting the spread of the disease.