Racial disparities in employment have significant implications for black workers, particularly black men who are more likely to work in low-wage occupations and experience long durations of unemployment than their white counterparts. The effects are acutely felt among young black men (ages 16 to 24) whose employment rates have been steadily declining since the 1970s. Persistent unemployment and underemployment is an issue black men confront throughout their entire work life.
In this public policy forum, we'll hear from field experts on this challenge, possible solutions and its contributing factors including:
* Educational attainment
* Mass incarceration
* Living in economically under-resourced areas
* Perception and racial bias