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Survey: More than 75% think job numbers won’t return to normal until end of ’21

June 2. Forty percent of Americans won’t feel comfortable getting on an airplane until there is a vaccine, according to a new WalletHub study. More than a quarter won’t feel comfortable staying in a hotel and 21 percent won’t feel comfortable dining out.

The findings suggest consumer perception of their safety will be a big factor in how quickly the economy recovers, and many people will alter their daily habits for years to come, according to a new WalletHub study.

Other key findings:

—Most Americans want a non-tax solution for recovery. Around 28 percent of Americans think that tax rates should increase to fund coronavirus recovery efforts.

—People view a full recovery in employment as far off. Almost 80 percent of Americans don’t think the unemployment rate will drop to pre-COVID-19 levels until at least the end of 2021, if at all.

—Many people want to find more stable jobs. 73.5 million Americans plan on looking for a job that is more pandemic-proof.

What would make you feel most comfortable shopping in-person again?

Everyone wearing masks: 34%

I am already comfortable: 30%

Nothing until there is a vaccine: 23%

Hand sanitizing stations: 8%

Plexiglass shields at register: 6%

The essence of the study suggests that as people consider the economic impact caused by COVID-19, they will also look for ways to protect themselves in the future. To view the full report, click here.

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