Federal Update: Trump Bans Flights from China to U.S., Private Payrolls Shed Another 2.76 Million Jobs in May, Coronavirus Could Have a Lasting Impact on the Gender Wage Gap

June 3, 2020

  • The Trump administration ordered a suspension of flights on Wednesday from China to the United States as tensions escalate between the two countries over the coronavirus and Hong Kong. The order, which takes effect June 16, stems from  Beijing's refusal to allow U.S. carriers to resume flying to China. Four Chinese airlines currently fly to China from the U.S.: Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Xiamen. Two major American carriers, Delta and United, have been pressing Chinese officials to allow them to resume service, to no avail. The carriers had intended to restart China service in early June.
  • Companies shed 2.76 million jobs from April to May, according to ADP’s private payroll report, a figure that came in well below analyst estimates but still exposed the devastation of the coronavirus recession. Large businesses, which employ 500 people or more, bore the brunt of those losses at 1.6 million. Manufacturing and trade sectors were hit especially hard. Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had expected a drop of 8.75 million. It’s unclear why there’s such a large gap.
  • Even with millions of Americans now working from home, the wage disparity among parents persists, and could likely worsen due to COVID-19. Already, mothers are paid only 70 cents for every dollar paid to fathers, which translates to a loss of $18,000 a year, according to a new analysis of Census data by the National Women’s Law Center. Going forward, the gender wage gap could grow as women disproportionately cut back on work to take care of their children as childcare options remain limited.

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