Private sector employees feel the pain of coronavirus cuts as 3.5million are expected to file for unemployment and as many as 47million could be laid off while public sector workers like TSA agents are paid their full hours despite a drastic drop in travel

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
By Paul Martin

Employees in the private sector are taking the pain of job furloughs and cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak
More than quarter of Americans have lost wages and about 16 per cent say they already have been furloughed or laid off, according to a new poll
The Grinell College poll surveyed 1,009 adults from March 27 to 30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points
Retailers including JCPenney, Neiman Marcus, Everlane, Macy’s and the Gap, as well as mall owner Simon Properties, among others are enacting furloughs
Also, iHeart Media, representing 800 stations, outdoor recreational craft maker Polaris, hospital operators and large law firms are sending employees home
Meanwhile, another record 3.5 million American workers are expected to file for unemployment this week and experts say tens of millions more will be laid off
At the same time, government employees, including at the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, are still on the job full-time being paid in full
One TSA worker at Los Angeles International Airport says she’s just ‘hanging around’ amid fewer flights which have made her normally stressful job easier
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By RALPH R. ORTEGA
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 April 2020

Private sector employees are enduring the worst of job cuts resulting from the coronavirus outbreak as a record 3.5 million Americans are expected to file for unemployment this week and predictions say tens of millions more could be laid off.

More than quarter of Americans say they have lost wages and about 16 per cent already have been furloughed or laid off, according to a Grinnell College poll released Wednesday.

The survey polled 1,009 adults from March 27 to 30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Retailers including Macy’s, the Gap, JCPenney, and Neiman Marcus, as well as mall owner Simon Properties, among others from the private sector are enacting furloughs because of the outbreak.

Companies like iHeart Media representing 800 stations, outdoor recreational craft maker Polaris, hospital operators and large law firms also are sending employees home.

Meanwhile, government employees, including in the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, have remained employed full time, amid slow downs in work.

“I’m just hanging out with my friends at this point,’ a TSA worker at Los Angeles International Airport tells Vox.

Jasmine, who is a 21-year old TSA agent at LAX, says that for the first time ever, her job is easy, with airlines operating significantly fewer flights and many of the airports businesses shut down because of the deadly flu-like infection, also known as COVID-19.

The TSA, meanwhile, continues operating under the Department of Homeland Security, an arm of the federal government, while other airport services, including restaurants, bars and retails shops have been shuttered because of the virus.

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