The Covid Economy Carves Deep Divide Between Haves and Have-Nots

Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 5, 2020

A two-track recovery is emerging from the country's pandemic-driven economiccontraction. Some workers, companies and regions show signs of coming out fine or evenstronger. The rest are mired in a deep decline with an uncertain path ahead. Just months ago, economists were predicting a V-shaped recovery—a rapid rebound froma steep fall—or a U-shaped path—a prolonged downturn before healing began. What has developed is more like a K. On the upper arm of the K are well-educated andwell-off people, businesses tied to the digital economy or supplying domestic necessities,and regions such as tech-forward Western cities. By and large, they are prospering. On the bottom arm are lower-wage workers with fewer credentials, old-line businessesand regions tied to tourism and public gatherings. They can expect to bear years-longscars from the crisis.