Study: Retail, hospitality workers’ rent burdens rising in virus emergency

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Renters in the Riverside metropolitan area in the retail and food hospitality industries face coronavirus-related financial burdens, which may be lessened by the pending congressional federal relief package, according to a study released today. The Zillow Group's analysis found that roughly one-fifth of the employment base in the metro area is comprised of hospitality and retail workers, and their financial hardships have spiked since federal, state and local authorities issued public health directives that resulted in stores, restaurants, motels and hotels shutting down to reduce COVID-19 exposure risks. According to Zillow, local retail and hospitality workers already spend 44% of their annual income on rent. If they're unable to work over the next two months, the
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