New York, US | Xinhua | Asian American unemployment rates this year increased from 2.5 percent in February to 14.5 percent in April, and 15 percent in May, the greatest among all racial groups across the United States, said a recent survey.
“The far-reaching economic impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the nation, but has been particularly harmful to New York City’s Asian American workers and their families,” according to “Impact of COVID-19 on Asian Employment in New York City,” a survey conducted by the Asian American Federation.
Many of the industries that employ low-income Asian workers were hardest hit by job losses, including apparel manufacturing, beauty and nail salons, laundromats, food services, taxi and rideshare, and retail, it added.
One of the fastest-growing racial groups in the United States, Asian Americans comprise over 16 percent of the population in New York City and 10 percent of New York State.
One quarter of them live under the poverty line, said the survey.