The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a stunning reversal for the previously humming American economy, from a 50-year-low unemployment rate of 3.5% to one that could eventually hit 25%, a rate comparable to and possibly worse than the Great Depression.
The economic gut punch could be particularly tough for people aged 55 and older, who prior to the pandemic comprised nearly one fourth of the entire U.S. workforce. And COVID-19 also delivers a double-whammy: Many seniors have jobs that cannot be done remotely, and many will not be able to easily re-enter the workforce because of a disease that has disproportionately afflicted older folks.
SeniorLiving.org recently took a look at professions that are most affected by the pandemic and have the highest share of older workers, and at other data from a demographic sector that has become increasingly more important to the American economy and, unfortunately, one of the most devastated by the coronavirus crisis.
Following are the coronavirus-impacted jobs with the largest shares of workers age 55 or older.