COVID-19’s Effect on Upper- and Lower- Class Citizens of Indiana

Slides by Caleb Kidwell

My project answers the question: How has the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic effected the Upper- and Lower-Class Citizens of Indiana, and why are the effects so much worse for lower-class citizens? In order to conduct my research, I used government and university sources, as well as conducted a personal interview with a family friend and member of the lower class who was profoundly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. By doing this, I found that COVID-19 hardly effected the employment of the educated class of essential workers, such as doctors, nurses, teachers, and governmental workers, but caused a spike in unemployment or underemployment for non-essential workers.


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