‘: Communities of color bear the burden of essential work in coronavirus crisis Some say this could be leading to the disproportionate death rates for people.
White Americans still make up a majority of essential workers nationally, according to the data.
In New York City, 75% of all the city’s essential workers are people of color, according to a report from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.
“I was in a conversation with scholars where they debated should they be called ‘heroes’ or ‘hostages,'” Perry said of essential workers in the pandemic.
The EPI data on essential workers found that half of essential industries have a median hourly wage that is less than the nonessential workforce’s median hourly wage.