Employment Differs Widely by Race and Location

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The employment and labor participation rates by race vary significantly among towns, cities, and other jurisdictions, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution.  Employment by Race and Place: Snapshots of America analyzes employment data from 130 places in the United States with populations over 500,000, finding that employment within particular racial groups varies by as much as 35 percent from place to place. The authors find that cities with high levels of racial segregation and concentrated poverty – such as Baltimore and Philadelphia – tend to have much lower rates of black employment than their surrounding suburbs.

Read the full report here.

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