(CNSNews.com) -- In a survey about how American workers are faring under the challenges of the coronavirus, Gallup found that 11% said they had experienced job cuts or reduced hours. However, 82% said they were "very" or "somewhat" confident they could meet their job requirements as the pandemic runs its course.
Gallup noted that these data were procured "before President Donald Trump signed into law a relief package providing free COVID-19 testing and paid emergency sick leave." The survey was conducted March 13-16.
"As employers in the U.S. scramble to adapt their businesses to survive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than eight in 10 American workers are very (37%) or somewhat (45%) confident they will be able to successfully continue to meet their job requirements should the outbreak continue," reported Gallup.
"A slim 53% majority of workers agree that they are well prepared to do their jobs," said the survey firm.
"Relatively few Americans (11%) who are employed full or part time report that their employers have cut jobs, reduced hours or frozen hiring as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, and 60% say their personal financial situation has not been impacted yet," reported Gallup.
Seventy percent of workers said they had not faced job cuts, wage reductions or fewer work hours.
However, lower income workers are starting to suffer. "Low-income households have been hit the hardest by such cutbacks as 20% of U.S. workers with annual household incomes under $36,000 say their employers have implemented them -- about twice the rate for employees in higher earning brackets," reported Gallup.
"Across the board, low-income workers are taking the biggest hits at work as they are most likely to report their employers are reducing staff, hours or hiring," said the survey firm. "And if they get sick, most do not have paid sick leave to fall back on."
"The COVID-19 relief law signed by Trump earlier this week will address the lack of paid sick leave for some of the roughly one-third of U.S. workers who don't currently have it," reported Gallup. "But the future of legislation to provide cash payments -- which would address the disproportionate impact on low-income workers -- remains uncertain as negotiations continue."