In America’s four largest cities, at least half of people say they have experienced the loss of a job or a reduction in wages or work hours in their household since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. That’s the finding of a new poll published Wednesday by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Houston had an especially high proportion of Latino households (77%) and Black households (81%) reporting serious financial problems. But the other three cities in our survey have had high rates as well: 73% of Latinos in New York City tell us their household experienced serious financial problems since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, along with 71% of Latinos in Los Angeles and 63% in Chicago.
Majorities of Black households in Chicago (69%), New York City (62%) and Los Angeles (52%) also report serious financial problems.
Majority Of Households Report Facing Serious Financial Problems
In Houston, 63% of households reported having serious financial problems during the pandemic, compared with 46% of households nationally.
- $30K – <$100K/yr
Respondents were asked if anyone in their household had a) serious problems paying mortgage/rent, b) serious problems paying utilities, c) serious problems making car payments, d) serious problems affording medical care, e) serious problems paying credit cards/loans/other debt, f) serious problems affording food, g) other serious financial problems, or if they used up all or most of their savings.
Source: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll of 447 Houston adults conducted July 1-Aug. 3. The margin of error for the overall Houston sample is 6.3 percentage points.