Rural jobs wiped out by coronavirus, survey says


Among rural Americans who were surveyed by last week, 15% of them said they had either lost their job or were laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic, and an additional 14% said they were worried they would lose their jobs, according to the results of a survey released on Thursday.

Eight of ten who responded to the survey said the pandemic has affected their lives.

Half of those who responded said the pandemic has had a large impact on their daily lives. In describing that impact, 88% listed low inventory at stores and online, 43% reported higher prices, and 31% said they had lost income due to fewer work hours or less business. Some 56% said they had spent more time watching TV, and 30% said they had done more online shopping.