Uneven Pain: Unemployment by metropolitan area and race

The Great Recession has caused millions of job losses across the country. Many families and communities are
devastated. While every metropolitan area has experienced some negative economic consequences from the
Great Recession, not all areas have suffered equally. This report details the variation in unemployment across the 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Workplace Diversity and Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities for Psychology

This article outlines both challenges and opportunities for psychology of issues related to diversity in education and work by looking at four groups currently marginalized in the U.S. workplace: women, people of color, sexual minorities, and people with disabilities. An overview of employment participation patterns for these groups is presented, workplace barriers arising from marginalized status are highlighted, and the article concludes with a discussion of work-related legislative and public policy fronts that can be informed and influenced by the contributions of psychologists.

The Workforce Is Even More Divided by Race Than You Think

This article from the Atlantic detailed look at how the labor market is stratified by race, with whites seeing higher wages and lower unemployment, while blacks and Hispanics cluster in lower-paying jobs.

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Racial Equity Resource Guide

Resources focused on racial equity include journal entries, books, magazines, videos and more. Resources based on areas of focus, related issues and/or types.

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Racial Discrimination in the Labor Market: Theories and Empirics

This paper reviews theories of race discrimination in the labor market. Taste-based models can generate wage
and unemployment duration differentials when combined with either random or directed search even
when strong prejudice is not widespread, but no existing model explains the unemployment rate differential.
Models of statistical discrimination based on differential observability of productivity across races
can explain the pattern and magnitudes of wage differentials but do not address employment and unemployment.
At their current state of development, models of statistical discrimination based on rational stereotypes
have little empirical content.

The Black and White Labor Gap in America

This issue brief details these high unemployment rates and explores the reasons for them, including particular weaknesses in sectors that offer disproportionate employment opportunities for African Americans, long unemployment spells, and the recurring “first fired, last hired” phenomenon among African Americans that plagues our nation’s workforce practices.

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