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1 in 5 gig drivers got unemployment benefits during the pandemic's peak
Oct 21, 2021 | CNBC
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About 1 out of every 5 drivers in the gig economy was collecting unemployment benefits at the pandemic's peak, according to a new analysis published by the JPMorgan Chase Institute.

These drivers worked for "online platforms" offering services like ride hailing (Uber and Lyft, for example) and food delivery (like Instacart and DoorDash).

Nineteen percent of all gig drivers were receiving jobless benefits in July 2020, according to the report, published Tuesday. That's the highest monthly share among drivers during the Covid pandemic. (The report analyzed anonymized personal checking accounts for 30 million Chase customers.)

It's also a higher share than other categories of gig workers and more than twice that of non-gig workers.

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