SEATTLE — Before the pandemic shut down much of the economy, Logan Madangure had come to see Seattle as a city of opportunity.

Although the 24-year-old Zimbabwean native arrived in Seattle three years ago with only a high-school education and has struggled with the city’s high living costs, he had little trouble finding jobs, often several at a time, in the bustling hospitality sector.

That changed abruptly in March, when Madangure’s employer, a local cruise company he declined to name, temporarily closed. Now, Madangure doesn’t know if his job as an onboard bartender will return, or where his future lies in a labor market he worries is even more divided between haves and have-nots.

While many white-collar workers

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