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ERIC Number: ED508361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec
Pages: 34
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
Racial Equity and Opportunity in Metro Boston Job Markets
McArdle, Nancy
Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
People of color make up a vital and growing part of Metro Boston's workforce, yet they face substantial challenges in obtaining employment (especially in faster-growing and higher-paying sectors), in reaching locations of rapid job growth, and in earning a livable income. Latinos and blacks face the greatest hurdles, yet certain Asian populations struggle as well--especially those with less education and those working in the shrinking manufacturing sector or low-paying service jobs. Previous work by the Metro Boston Equity Initiative of The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University has examined the related challenges of segregated housing patterns and unequal educational opportunities faced by racial and ethnic minorities in Metro Boston. This paper takes the next logical step--exploring how segregated living patterns limit minority access to fast growing job areas and how unequal educational opportunities and high drop-out rates handicap minorities in a labor market where the gap between the economic returns to those workers with education and skills and those without is widening. The paper makes several recommendations to promote equity and opportunity for workers of color in Metro Boston. (Contains 16 exhibits and 37 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Civil Rights Project at Harvard University
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts