Strada Public Viewpoint survey: Impact on jobs, work among racial and ethnic groups

Posted by Strada Education Network on April 28, 2020

COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

The economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis is widespread, but the ramifications are being felt disproportionately among people of color.

In the fourth week of this nationally representative survey, we examine disparities in how jobs and work are being affected among different racial and ethnic groups— as well as their perspectives on the role education could play as they look to recover financially.

The Strada Public Viewpoint: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey now reflects feedback of more than 4,000 adults through its weekly tracking over the past month. It is updated weekly and is designed to capture the American public’s perspective on how their lives, work, and education are being altered by the pandemic. This public viewpoint provides insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans as they battle this crisis.

Key Findings

  • While a majority of Americans are worried about the pandemic’s financial impact, people of color have been disproportionately affected.
  • Black Americans are most likely to have been laid off.
  • Latino Americans are the most likely to have lost income from work.
  • Latino and Asian Americans are most likely to feel they would need more education to replace a lost job.
  • Americans strongly favor online education, but preferences vary by group.


  • View charts and analysis of important learnings.
  • Download this week’s report, including verbatim questions and results.

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