For struggling low-wage workers, pandemic makes things even worse

Businesses are closing and laying off workers, resulting in more than 3 million people filing for unemployment last week.

The nation’s low-wage workforce has been hit the hardest.

Already living paycheck to paycheck, many workers are now unemployed or working fewer hours.


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Tom Streitz is the president and CEO of Twin Cities Rise, a workforce nonprofit based in north Minneapolis.

Pronita Gupta is the director of job quality at the Center for Law and Social Policy, which advocates for policies that benefit low-income people.

Jon Collins is a senior reporter on MPR News' Race, Class and Communities desk where he also covers labor issues.

Ignacia Ambriz works at Sam’s Club. She has been a member of Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha for 11 years.

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