Domestic Workers Economic Situation Report · July 2021

Source: La Alianza surveys, NDWA Labs
Released: August 6, 2021 

Today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Jobs Report shows a decrease in the unemployment rates for Black and Latinx adults in July 2021. However, the rates remain higher than before the pandemic and higher than for other demographic groups. NDWA Labs’ July Report shows an increase in the percentage of jobless respondents in July compared to June 2021. Unemployment is still very high for Spanish-speaking domestic workers. In July 2021, 29% of domestic worker respondents were still out of work, much higher than the 9% who reported having no jobs before COVID-19.

Domestic workers are the nannies, homecare workers, and house cleaners whose work is essential to our economy, and yet they are one of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups of workers. Even before COVID-19, domestic workers earned less than the average US worker and were three times as likely to be living in poverty.1

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