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'Tragedy of today's employment landscape': Gen X workers hit hardest by jobs crisis amid COVID-19

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Gen X workers are feeling the brunt of unemployment concerns during the pandemic, according to a survey from Generation, a non-profit focused on employment.

The survey covered 3,800 unemployed and employed people ages 18 to 60 and 1,404 hiring managers across the United States, Brazil, India, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Spain. People were surveyed between March and May 2021.

Generation X is the term typically used for people born between 1965 and 1980, preceded by the baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964. The survey focused on those looking for, or in, entry-level and intermediate roles with no formal postsecondary education and low-income levels.

While employment concerns for those 45 and over existed before the pandemic, COVID-19 worsened them, making it harder to gain employment and keep it, the study found. Fifty percent of midcareer Americans seeking work said COVID-19 had a major effect on their employment.

 

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