The problem has grown worse as the numbers of cases and deaths climb. The overall share who report job or wage losses increased 10 percentage points since Pew’s late March poll.
Hispanics were the most affected, with 61% reporting job losses, cuts in pay or both, compared with 38% of whites and 44% of blacks. Other studies have shown that Hispanic and black workers are more likely to be in jobs that are more susceptible to layoffs.
Also, younger adults, ages 18 to 29, were most likely to have been hit, Pew found.
Still, Americans say the loss of jobs and wages is making it harder to cover their bills this month. More than half of lower-income Americans report this is the case, compared with 44% in a typical month.
Among middle-income adults, the figure is 26% for this month, compared with 19% typically. The share of upper-income Americans in this situation ticked up slightly to just over 1 in 10.
While three-quarters of higher-income adults say they could handle three months of expenses in an emergency, fewer than one-quarter of lower-income people could.