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WASHINGTON — Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, as temporary cutbacks give way to shuttered businesses, bankruptcies and lasting payroll cuts.
It’s a sharp change after initial optimism the jobs would return. In April, 78 percent of those in households with a job loss thought they’d be temporary. Now, 47 percent think that lost job is definitely or