Overview

Working Knowledge

Skills and training October 29, 2020

Skills and Training Are Important—But They Alone Won’t Accelerate Upward Mobility for Workers

The problem isn’t a skills shortage, but a lack of clear pathways into good jobs that offer economic security and opportunities for advancement.

Sheryl Pardo

Demographic disparities October 29, 2020

An Equitable COVID-19 Recovery Depends on Dismantling Racial Inequities in the Workplace and the Labor Market

Improving baseline job quality, increasing worker power and voice, and disaggregating data by race and ethnicity are key steps to ensuring the labor market better serves workers of color.

Wesley Jenkins

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

Research

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