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ERIC Number: ED600048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
The Unequal Race for Good Jobs: How Whites Made Outsized Gains in Education and Good Jobs Compared to Blacks and Latinos
Carnevale, Anthony P.; Strohl, Jeff; Gulish, Artem; Van Der Werf, Martin; Campbell, Kathryn Peltier
Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Between 1991 and 2016, employment among White, Black, and Latino workers grew by 20 percent, while employment in good jobs soared by 35 percent. Yet the opportunities and benefits of the modern economy have not accrued evenly across the three groups. Discrimination and a history of racial injustice in this country have led to Whites gaining a disproportionate edge in educational opportunity and good jobs. During this period, Whites started out with more good jobs than Blacks and Latinos, and they gained an outsized share of the new good jobs compared to Blacks and Latinos. White workers are the only major racial or ethnic group for whom the majority of their jobs are good jobs. Overall, Whites have a disproportionate share of good jobs relative to their share of employment, and Blacks and Latinos are disproportionately underrepresented in good jobs relative to their share of employment. In 2016, White workers held 77 percent of the good jobs in the United States even though Whites collectively held 69 percent of all jobs. Black workers held 10 percent of good jobs even as Blacks held 13 percent of all jobs. Latino workers held 13 percent of good jobs, while Latinos held 18 percent of all jobs. [For the executive summary, see ED600049.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Authoring Institution: Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A