1.3M low-income earners in Georgia likely to be hit hardest by COVID-19 fallout

By Nyamekye Daniel | The Center Square Mar 23, 2020

(The Center Square) – Low-wage workers and the hospitality industry likely will face the biggest hits amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to several reports.

With social distancing orders in place, many hotels, bars, clubs and restaurants have been forced to close their doors and or layoff workers. Daily unemployment claims in Georgia have surpassed weekly numbers, state labor officials have said.

About 104,000 of the 256,000 hotel-supported jobs in Georgia are projected to be cut because of the health crisis, according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association. The Brookings Institution estimates 1.3 million low-wage workers in the state are at risk for job loss.

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