COVID-19 Pandemic in the Houston Region – Wages and Employment

Findings from the Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey

COVID-19 Pandemic in the Houston Region – Wages and Employment

To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on Houston area families and communities, HERC collaborated with Connective (formerly, Harvey Home Connect) to launch the Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey in March 2020. This report is part of a three-report series and focuses on disruptions to families’ wages and employment during the first six months of the pandemic. The survey showed:

  • Across the Houston area, Black and Hispanic households were more likely than white households to have their wages and employment disrupted. One in 10 Black workers and one in 10 Hispanic workers lost their job, compared to one in 25 white workers.
  • Workers in lower paying jobs were more likely to have their job disrupted during the first six months of the pandemic. The survey showed 75% of workers making less than $20,000 per year reported having their wages and employment affected in some way, compared to only 25% of workers making more than $100,000 per year.
  • The pandemic impacted all Houston area industries, but 80% of workers in the hospitality and entertainment industries earned less, were furloughed, or lost their jobs in the first six months of the pandemic.

About the survey: The Gulf Coast Coronavirus (COVID-19) Community Impact Survey was an online survey launched on March 23, 2020. The survey was accessible to anyone with an internet connection living in the Gulf Coast region. Please visit the survey’s website and accompanying interactive data dashboard. Data for the analyses contained in this report were downloaded September 18, 2020.

The survey asked respondents about the impacts of COVID-19 in three major areas: wages and employment, education and schooling, and family and well-being.

Download the report
Read other reports in the series: Education and Schooling and Family and Well-being


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