Here’s why COVID-19 is causing millions of Americans to change their career

Over half of American adults have experienced mental health issues as a result of losing their job. Image: Unsplash/Ben White

Kim Parker

Director, Social Trends Research, Pew Research Center

Ruth Igielnik

Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

Rakesh Kochhar

Associate Director of Research, Pew Research Center


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66% of unemployed adults surveyed in January 2021 have considered changing occupation. Image: Pew Research Center
70% of people reported feeling more stressed than usual since being unmployed. Image: Pew Research Center
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Low-wage occupations have been hit much harder than during the Great Recession Image: Pew Research Center

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