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Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in California

A new research brief, Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in California, explores the experience of the Black community in California through a labor and employment lens. This report is based on our analysis of the current and historical census data and follows a similar report released this past March that considered the Black workers in Los Angeles County.

Among other findings, the brief finds:

  • Across all levels of education, Black workers experience the highest rates of unemployment. In California, 17% of Black workers are unemployed, almost twice that of white workers.
  • Whether working full or part time, Black workers earn only three-quarters of white workers earn.
  • 3 in 10 Black workers earn low wages. Low wage is defined as two-thirds of the median hourly wage of an area.

These findings argue for the need to stabilize Black families and communities by creating good-paying, quality jobs accessible to Black workers and provide the following recommendation to address this jobs crisis:

  1. Support worker movements that improve working conditions.
  2. Create policies and programs that create access to jobs for underrepresented workers.
  3. Empower agencies and communities to address discrimination and workplace issues.
  4. Support and ensure high road business practices


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Ready to Work, Uprooting Inequity: Black Workers in Los Angeles County

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Fox 11 Morning News – UCLA study reveals Black jobs crisis

KCRW-FM- Job market for black workers in county called ‘crisis’

KTLA- UCLA Report Shows Black Workers in Los Angeles County Facing ‘Jobs Crisis’

Laist.com- L.A.’s Black Population is Facing A ‘Jobs Crisis,’ Says UCLA Report

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Los Angeles Times- Black workers in Los Angeles face a ‘jobs crisis,’ UCLA report says

MynewsLA.com- Dismal job prospects in LA County’s African-American community

Patch North Hollywood- Black Community Faces Job Shortages Crisis in Los Angeles, Study Finds

People’s World – Fair hiring matters: Fighting back against Black unemployment in Los Angeles

The Chronicle – New Report Calls for the Elevation of Black Women’s Leadership in Progressive Organizing and Social Justice Movements

The Root- Report: Black Workers in L.A. Face ‘Jobs Crisis’ That’s Causing Decline in Black Community