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MONDAY, April 19, 2021 (HealthDay News)
American families that suffered job losses during the pandemic are struggling to pay their bills and afford food, and many have turned to government help, a new study finds.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,700 adults who took part in an Urban Institute survey in December 2019 and from more than 7,700 who took part in a December 2020 survey.
Despite major nationwide job losses, there were overall declines in food insecurity (from 23.9% to 20.5%), utility shutoffs (from 3.8% to 2.6%), and difficulty paying medical bills (from 18.8% to 14.9%) among study participants between December 2019 and December 2020.
However, rates were still much higher among adults who had job losses in their families due to the pandemic.
Compared to those without family job losses, adults with family job losses were two times more likely to report