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Ethnic minorities disproportionately laid off in pandemic

London, United Kingdom – Britons from ethnic minority backgrounds in the United Kingdom have been disproportionately affected by job cuts during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), which represents unions in the country.

From September 2019 to September 2020 – a period that included the peak months of the UK’s first coronavirus wave – the number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in employment fell by 5.3 percent, compared with a 0.2 percent fall among white workers, the TUC said on Wednesday.

“BME [Black and minority ethnic] workers have borne the brunt of the economic impact of this pandemic,” she said. “In every industry where jobs have gone, BME people have been more likely to be made unemployed.”

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