In addition, while Asian Americans made up 16% of the California labor force in February 2020, they filed 19% of initial unemployment claims over the two-and-a-half months of the shutdown.
Disadvantaged Asian Americans have incurred widespread joblessness, the researchers note.
The unemployment rate for Asian Americans in the hospitality and leisure sector in April was 39%, compared with 36% for non-Hispanic whites.
The 1.79 million non-Hispanic white small businesses that closed over the same period represented a decline of 17%.
Enact additional policies to assist small businesses, including the so-called resiliency funds established by some local governments.