KLH49 Researchers at University of Kansas found that Asian Americans were "more negatively affected by the lockdown than any other racial group, net of education, immigration status, and other covariates," according to the study. ChangHwan Kim, a sociology professor at University of Kansas and co-author of the study, said the pattern of unemployment is more common among Asian Americans with less education. "Usually Asian Americans are immune to this job decline because Asian Americans are usually well-educated compared to other racial groups," he said. The study's findings comes in contrast with the "model minority" myth — a cultural depiction and expectation that Asians are smart, wealthy, and self-reliant. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A new study found that Asian Americans were the hardest hit by unemployment brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.Researchers at University of Kansas said that Asian Americans, particularly those with less education, were "more negatively affected by the lockdown than any other racial group, net of education, immigration status, and other covariates," according to the study.ChangHwan Kim, a sociology professor at University of Kansas and co-author of the study, told Business Insider that he and his team analyzed unemployment data from the Current Population Survey conducted by the US Census Bureau.After looking at data collected between January to August among individuals ages 18 to 59, Kim said the pattern of unemployment is more common among Asian Americans with less education."Asian Americans used to be affected less compared to other major minority groups, but this time it looks different because unemployment caused by the pandemic is concentrated among less educated Asian Americans," Kim told Business Insider."Usually Asian Americans are immune to this job decline because Asian Americans are usually well-educated compared to other racial groups," he continued, "but I found that that's not the case, maybe because this pandemic — which people have called the 'Wuhan virus' and the 'Chinese virus' — Asian Americans are suffering the most."According to the study, Asian Americans were 5.4 percentage points more likely to lose employment than Whites in April, while the likelihood of of Blacks and Hispanics losing employment compared to whites were 4.8 percentage points and 1.7 percentage points, respectively.The study's findings comes in contrast with the 'model minority' mythThe concept of the "model minority" is a stereotype that perpetuates the idea in which Asians are the so-called "ideal" minority — a cultural depiction and expectation that Asians are smart, wealthy, and self-reliant.In the study, Asian Americans who have a bachelor's degree or higher were affected by unemployment in a similar manner as white Americans with the same amount of higher education, Kim said.

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