Black Americans make up 22.4% of the nation's COVID-19 deaths, despite only accounting for 12.5% of the population, according to the EPI. Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to live in areas experiencing outbreaks, to have frontline jobs and to be uninsured, while also being less likely to have sick days to manage early symptoms of COVID-19 and cash reserves to pay for treatments.
These economic differences — which contribute to differing mortality rates — have only been magnified due to unemployment caused by COVID-19, according to the EPI's study.
Black women have faced an especially large drop in employment; their employment-to-population ratio dropped by 11%.
In other words, "18.8% of black women workers lost their jobs between February and April," according to the EPI. That's higher than all Black workers taken together (17.8%) and much higher than white workers (15.5%).
The Economic Policy Institute