COVID-19 and the Workforce in Escambia County

In an Inweekly/Political Matrix poll of 719 Escambia County residents, we found 26.4% had either lost their jobs, been furloughed or had their hours cut as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have you been laid off, furloughed, or lost hours at work, due to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Responses: 719 Total %
Yes 192 26.7%
No 527 73.3%

Of those out of work, 38.5% had filed for reemployment assistance benefits—of which only 28.4% had received unemployment checks.

Have you applied for State Reemployment Assistance or other assistance programs?

Responses: 192 Total %
Yes 74 38.5%
No 91 47.4%
No, but intend to file 15 7.8%
No, and don’t intend to file 12 6.2%

The vast majority of the unemployed said they would reenter the work force –59.4% planned to return to their old jobs, 22.9% intended to seek employment in the same field and 11.5% would seek jobs in another field. Only 6.2% said they didn’t intended to seek a job at this time.

Since you have applied for Reemployment Assistance, have you received any assistance?

Responses: 74 Total %
Yes 21 28.4%
No 53 71.6%

Out of those not looking for employment currently, 50% said there were no jobs available for them at this time. The other half was equally split between those who said their company was not open and those planning to seek further training or education. Lack of child care was not a factor for those who responded.

If you have been laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, do you intend to reenter the workforce?

Responses: 192 Total %
Yes, I intend to be reemployed where I was working 114 59.4%
Yes, I intend to seek employment in the same field 44 22.9%
Yes, I intend to seek employment in another field 22 11.5%
No, I don’t intend to seeking employment at this time 12 6.2%

Among those unemployed, 46.4% said they were behind on their monthly bills.

Responses: 192 Total %
Yes 89 46.4%
No 103 53.6%

Of those still working, 60.5% felt safe in their work environment.

Responses: 527 Total %
Yes 319 60.5%
No 208 39.5%

The persons sampled were Escambia County registered voters. The voters called had cell phones and landlines and were called using an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system during the hours of 5-8 p.m. between May 8-10. The Margin of Error for this study is +/ 3.5% with a confidence level of 95%.