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Covid-19 Hits the Livelihoods of Older, Younger and Middle-Income Americans Hardest

US workers under 30 and over 64 have felt the economic impact of Covid-19 the most, including layoffs and reduced hours or income.

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Covid-19 Hits the Livelihoods of Older, Younger and Middle-Income Americans Hardest
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While most Americans are feeling the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, older and younger workers have been hit particularly hard.

Our weekly Bain/Dynata survey of US consumers finds that 70% of respondents age 18 to 29 and 78% of those age 65 and older have either lost hours or income, been laid off or closed a business in response to the pandemic. That compares with around 55% of those age 30 to 44, and 52% of those in the 45-to-64 age bracket.

The effects are also different across income levels. Nearly 70% of those earning from $50,000 to $100,000 a year have been hurt. That’s higher than those making more than $100,000 (60%) and less than $50,000 (50%).

Karen Harris is managing director of Bain & Company's Macro Trends Group and is based in the firm's New York office. 

Dynata provides first-party data for the Bain Consumer Health Index and provides a nationally representative sample of US adults (weekly) that constitutes the underlying data for this analysis. 

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