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Survey: Reasons for moving during pandemic shifted in year

A U-Haul truck is parked in Stuyvesant Town in New York on August 29, 2020. According to news reports, moving companies have seen a significant increase in work since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020, with many New Yorkers moving outside of the city. (Photo by Samuel Rigelhaupt / Sipa USA)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A new survey says people who moved because of the pandemic in the fall were more likely to cite financial stress as their top reason compared with those who moved in the spring, when fear of catching the virus was the most important reason.

The Pew Research Center survey released Thursday says that 5% of U.S. adults moved decease of COVID-19 in November compared with 3% in June.

Among those who moved because of COVID-19, a third in November cited financial reasons, such as a job loss, compared with 18% of those in June.  Some 12% of movers say the reason was too many COVID-19 restrictions.

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