The new year arrived with a new job for Tyler Simon, who had high hopes for 2020. They didn’t last long.

“Once covid-19 hit, things went from bad to worse really quick,” said Simon, a father of two in Summerfield, North Carolina.

A marketing specialist with a sales-training company, Simon lost his job along with several colleagues on April 7 — less than two weeks into a state-wide lockdown to counter the pandemic. He says many who survived the firm’s layoffs saw their pay cut by 10%.That’s happening all over the country.

A tsunami of job losses, which began among workers in restaurants, hotels and factories, is now

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