1 in 3 Military families have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-related unemployment

Oct 22, 2020 at 08:00 am by WGNS


1 in 3 military families have experienced a loss of income due to COVID-related unemployment among military spouses. As a result, many military families now find it difficult to put food on the table without this vital second income. 

Thirty-four percent of military families have experienced a loss of income due to the pandemic as military spouses, already unemployed at a rate six-times higher than their civilian counterparts prior to the pandemic, experience COVID-related job losses. As a result, many military families now find it difficult to put food on the table without this vital second income. This stress is only compounded by the uncertainty around schools being open, while later some schools closing for days due to an outbreak and then reopen again. On top of that, the availability of affordable child care in many locations continues to be a problem.

The Armed Services YMCA, an affiliate of the Y dedicated to strengthening young military families, is trying their best to help where needed. Learn More HERE.

The military doesn’t get to work from home. They must report for duty and conduct the essential services needed to protect our country every day. In turn, the Armed Services YMCA provides direct services to military personnel that include free or low-cost daycare, emergency food relief and child development programs across 93 military installations.