Many workers in the US experience limited opportunities and are over- or underrepresented in certain kinds of jobs because of occupational segregation and discrimination. They are affected in adverse and unequal ways in the labor market based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, ability, and other demographic characteristics. WorkRise generates evidence on and elevates our understanding of how demographic disparities and inequities can be addressed to promote economic mobility for all workers and create a more equitable labor market.

Working Knowledge

Economic context October 29, 2020

Ensuring a Recovery That Offers Greater Economic Mobility to More Americans

A bipartisan panel of economists agrees that the Covid-19 crisis has exposed past and current failures to target policies and action towards workers in low-wage jobs and industries. Now is the time to chart a more equitable course.

Sheryl Pardo

Demographic disparities September 30, 2020

A Q&A with Amanda Cage

“We need to operate from the premise that is it not okay to have bad jobs,” says the president and CEO of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions.

Elisabeth Jacobs

Economic context September 16, 2020

Introducing WorkRise: Building a More Equitable and Resilient Labor Market

WorkRise is designed to identify, test, and share bold new ideas for transforming the labor market for low-wage workers and accelerate their economic mobility, writes Urban Institute President Sarah Rosen Wartell.

Sarah Rosen Wartell


Demographic disparities September 28, 2020

Racial Inequality in the Labor Market and Employment Opportunities

This brief explores the persistent inequities and disparities in outcomes experienced by people of color in the U.S. labor market through key data points, delves into root causes based on a review of the evidence, and identifies key gaps in our knowledge of why and how labor market inequality endures.

K. Steven Brown