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The Blue-Collar Workers Winning During COVID-19

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Dylan Housman Healthcare Reporter
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Most coverage of the COVID-19 economy has focused on widespread job loss and hard times for small businesses, but some blue-collar Americans are coming out on top in the shift to a post-pandemic world.

Media has focused overwhelmingly on rising unemployment, poverty and business closures during the pandemic — and rightfully so, as the last year has been economically challenging to the overwhelming majority of Americans that don’t own a large amount of Amazon stock or sit on the board of Facebook. There are a few key industries seeing a boom, though, and they don’t require an Ivy League degree or cumbersome corporate qualifications to take part in.