In this time of social upheaval, racial reckoning, and public health crisis, our nation has been forced to confront deep vulnerabilities in our economic system. The painful truth is that the U.S. economy is built on far too many low-wage, low-quality jobs and deeply entrenched racial occupational segregation that has left 100 million people in the country economically insecure. Our nation cannot afford another inequitable “recovery” like the one that followed the Great Recession. Dismantling structural racism must be at the center of our response to this crisis.
The Advancing Workforce Equity report series presents insights and analysis from disaggregated data in five U.S. regions: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle. Our partner communities leverage this data to develop actionable recommendations for equitable economic recovery.
These reports follow a national report, Race and the Work of the Future, which demonstrated that the workforce inequities are national, the solutions to these problems are local. These latest reports reflect the power of local leadership, design, and influence.
“Racial inequities are entrenched in all aspects of the workforce system. The time for talk is over. It’s time to get to work, and the strategies outlined in these reports offer a concrete way to get started.” – Amanda Cage, President and CEO, National Fund for Workforce Solutions