• 14 percent have started a new full-time job
  • 19 percent a new part-time job, and
  • 2 percent both a new full-time and new part-time job

The likelihood of having started a new job is comparable for education levels ranging from less than high school through a bachelor’s degree, but Americans with graduate or professional degrees are much more likely to have started a new job.

Among Americans who have lost jobs or income, Latino and black Americans are more likely to have started new jobs than white Americans, and this holds true across all education levels. However, Latino Americans are the most likely to have lost a job, income, or hours in the first place. Similarly, Millennials are the most likely to have lost jobs, income, or hours—but after suffering such an income loss, they also are the most likely to have found new employment. Additional key findings from the Public Viewpoint: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey include:

  • Among workers who have lost jobs, income, or hours, those in IT (55 percent) are most likely to have started a new job, followed by those in finance (53 percent) and construction/extraction (47 percent). Nevertheless, workers in IT and finance are among the most worried about losing their jobs as a result of COVID-19.
  • Workers in two fields that have been heavily impacted by the crisis—leisure/hospitality and personal care/services—are among the least likely to have found new jobs (at 23 percent each) after suffering loss of a job, income, or hours.
  • Millennials, at 45 percent, are most likely to have started a new job after suffering some form of income loss, followed by Generation Z at 38 percent, Generation X at 30 percent and Baby Boomers at 6 percent.
  • Half of Americans with graduate and professional degrees have started a new job following income loss. Only 30 percent of those with bachelor’s degrees have, in line with the percentage of Americans with less education.

The Center for Consumer Insights provides the nation’s largest education consumer database, which includes more than 350,000 completed surveys about the education and work experiences of American adults.

View the full Public Viewpoint findings at: https://www.stradaeducation.org/publicviewpoint/.