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The economic prospects of rich and poor Americans had long been diverging. The pandemic finally completed the break.

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Lori Jay spent the past four years working as a rideshare driver in Maui. The 66-year-old was part of the gig economy, relying on a steady stream of tourists for her income.

“We used to joke kiddingly to each other, everybody here, ‘What happens when the ships stop coming?'” Jay told Insider. 

Back then, tourists were spending money on vacations, the job market was competitive, and unemployment was at record lows.

But the economy looked better on the surface than the reality underneath. As Insider’s Andy Kiersz reported, there was in fact a details ⇒

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