September 4, 2007
BERKELEY – A new report by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education finds that more than half of black workers in the United States have jobs that don’t pay well, provide retirement and health benefits, or offer avenues for advancement.
The report, “Job Quality and Black Workers: An Examination of the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York,” analyzes low-wage jobs among black workers, using data from the 2000 U.S. Census.
“It’s no surprise that there’s a jobs crisis in the black community, but what this report shows is that we really can’t keep focusing exclusively on the issue of black unemployment,” said Steven Pitts, a labor policy specialist at the center and author of the report. “This is a two-dimensional problem that includes both the crisis of unemployment in the black community and the crisis of low-wage jobs.”