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Women and people of color disproportionately bore the brunt of COVID-19’s financial toll to date. In December 2020 alone, women accounted for all 140,000 net U.S. jobs lost. In April 2021, just over one year after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the unemployment rate for Black Americans stands at nearly 10%, compared to 5.4% for white Americans.

Despite vaccination numbers increasing and virus case counts plateauing or decreasing in many states, uncertainties remain—from additional virus variants and a feared “fourth wave,” to volatility in the stock market and anticipated inflation.

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