Gallup: 29% of Workers See Job Cuts, Reduced Hours Because of Covid-19

By Michael W. Chapman | April 1, 2020 | 12:46pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) -- In its latest survey of how the coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting U.S. workers, Gallup found that 29% of workers (full-time and part-time) said their "employer has cut jobs, cut hours or frozen hiring," which is up from 11% in mid-March, an 18 percentage point increase.

In addition, 52% of adult workers said "cutbacks at work are affecting their financial situation."

In the poll, Gallup asked, "Has your employer cut jobs, reduced hours or frozen hiring as the result of the coronavirus? (% Yes)"

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Among employed U.S. adults, 29% said yes, which is up from 11% in mid-March (March 13-16). That's an 18% increase. (This latest poll was conducted March 23-20.)

For full-time employed adults, 27% said yes, which is also up from 11% in mid-March -- a 16% increase. 

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"Nearly three in 10 employed Americans now say that their employer has cut jobs, reduced hours or frozen hiring as a result of the novel coronavirus outbreak, marking an 18-percentage-point increase since mid-March," reported Gallup.  "Part-time workers are more likely than those employed full time to report these negative effects on their workplace."

In the survey, Gallup also asked, "How have these cuts impacted your financial situation?"

Twenty-four percent said the cuts had made a "major impact on my financial situation." However, 48% said the cuts had "no impact on my financial situation," which is down from 56% in mid-March. 

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(Gallup)

"While 56% of employed Americans said earlier this month that their financial situation was not affected by cutbacks at work, that percentage has since slipped to 48%," reported Gallup.  "Over half of U.S. employees (52%) now say they are being affected -- with 28% describing the impact as 'minor' and 24% as 'major.'"

"If there is a bright spot for employers, it lies in the fact that about four in five workers have consistently said they are confident they will continue to successfully meet the requirements of their job should the outbreak continue," said the survey firm

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