African-Americans are going to bear the brunt as public-sector jobs are cut
Dramatic fall in tax receipts during pandemic forces US states and cities to lay off workers
When 2020 began, Kyra Hahn was making a living by employing a time-tested strategy in the African-American community. The Denver native had found a job in the public sector — as a youth-services librarian in Portland, Oregon.
Then Covid-19 hit. Hahn’s work life grew “chaotic” as she dealt with rapidly evolving safety guidelines, a last-minute relocation of her branch and finally the news in August that her job was being eliminated as her library system responded to the pandemic. The next month, after weeks of union negotiations, she settled for a voluntary layoff...