Coronavirus Restrictions Devastate Black Business Owners, Who Are Down 41%: Study

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The coronavirus pandemic has led to the largest drop in small business ownership in the United States, hurting black business owners the most, according to a June study from an economic research organization.

3.3 million business owners are not actively working, and 22% of the closures came during the February-to-April window of coronavirus restrictions, reported Axios, citing a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper. In the whole Great Recession of 2008, small business owners shrank by 730,000 at 5% reduction, the study noted.

Of the 3.3 million, 1.1 million small business owners were black, according to the study. Black business owners shrank from 1.1 million to 640,000 — a 41% difference.

Latino business owners represented the second-largest loss at 32% from February to March, the study showed. Asian business owners were at 26%, and 17% white business owners, the study continued.

“These findings of early-stage losses to small businesses have important policy implications and may portend longer-term ramifications for job losses and economic inequality,” Professor Robert W. Fairlie wrote in the study. Fairlie is the author of the study and an economics professor at the University of California Santa Cruz.

Based on “monthly files” data of the Current Population Survey (CPS), small businesses qualified for the study if they were self-employed individuals working “at least 15 hours” a week. 15 million business owners were working in February, leaving 11.7 million small business owners in April.

Fairlie did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

More than 100,000 businesses permanently closed by mid-May, a study found, according to The Washington Post. The Small Business Administration ran out of funds for the Paycheck Protection Program on April 16.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said he hopes the Paycheck Protection Program will ensure businesses’ continued operations. (RELATED: Wells Fargo Bows Out Of Small Business Bailout Program)

The losses from small business owners due to coronavirus were four times the losses of the Great Recession, according to Axios.

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