Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings

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People wait for a bus in August in East Los Angeles. Latinos have the highest rate of labor force participation of any group in California — many in public-facing jobs deemed essential. That work has put them at higher risk of catching the coronavirus.

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Working as a fast-food cashier in Los Angeles, Juan Quezada spends a lot of his time these days telling customers how to wear a mask. “They cover their mouth but not their nose,” he says. “And we’re like, ‘You gotta put your mask on right.’ ” Quezada didn’t expect to be enforcing mask-wearing. Six months ago he was a restaurant manager, making $30 an hour, working full time and saving for retirement. But when Los Angeles County health officials shut down most restaurants in March because of the spreading pandemic, Quezada lost his job. The only work he can find now pays a lot less and is part time. “I only work three hours and four hours rather than eight or 10 or 12 like I used to work,” he says. Quezada doesn’t know anyone who has gotten COVID-19, but the …

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