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Tight-Labor Markets and Black Employment
     

Tight-Labor Markets and Black Employment

by Robert Cherry (Editor), William M., III Rodgers (Editor)
 

With the nation enjoying a remarkable long and robust economic expansion, AfricanAmerican employment has risen to an all-time high. Does this good news refute the notion of a permanently disadvantaged black underclass, or has one type of disadvantage been replaced by another? Some economists fear that many newly employed minority workers will remain stuck in

Overview

With the nation enjoying a remarkable long and robust economic expansion, AfricanAmerican employment has risen to an all-time high. Does this good news refute the notion of a permanently disadvantaged black underclass, or has one type of disadvantage been replaced by another? Some economists fear that many newly employed minority workers will remain stuck in low-wage jobs, barred from better-paying, high skill jobs by their lack of educational opportunities and entrenched racial discrimination. Prosperity for All? draws upon the research and insights of respected economists to address these important issues.

Prosperity for All? reveals that while African Americans benefit in many ways from a strong job market, serious problems remain. Research presented in this book shows that the ratio of black to white unemployment has actually increased over recent expansions. Even though African American men are currently less likely to leave the workforce, the number of those who do not find work at all has grown substantially, indicating that joblessness is now concentrated among the most alienated members of the population. Other chapters offer striking evidence that racial inequality is still pervasive. Among men, black high school dropouts have more difficulty finding work than their Latino or white counterparts. Likewise, the glass ceiling that limits minority access to higher paying promotions persists even in a strong economy. Prosperity for All? ascribes black disadvantage in the labor force to employer discrimination, particularly when there is strong competition for jobs. As one study illustrates, economic upswings do not appear to change racial preferences among employers, who remain less willing to hire African Americans for more skilled low-wage jobs.

Prosperity for All? offers a timely investigation into the impact of strong labor markets on low-skill African-American workers, with important insights into the issues engendered by the weakening of federal assistance, job training, and affirmative action programs.

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Scholars of economics and social work investigate whether the all-time high employment among African Americans refutes the notion of a permanent disadvantaged black underclass, or has replaced one type of disadvantage with another so that newly employed minority workers will remain stuck in low-wage jobs by their lack of educational opportunities and entrenched racial discrimination. The nine studies and commentary are based on a 1998 conference at the Foundation in New York City. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Under the expert editorial guidance of Robert Cherrry and William Rodgers, Prosperity for All? provides an indepth set of articles on the economic boom and AfroAmerican experiences. While employment among blacks has risen to an alltime high, the book questions whether one type of disadvantage has been replaced by another, and examines what types of jobs are offered to AfroAmericans, and by whom. Excellent survey of the realities of the new prosperity for the underclass. Privacy in the Information Age Harry Henderson Facts on File 11 Penn Plaza, New York NY 100012006

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780871541970
Publisher:
Russell Sage Foundation
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT CHERRY is professor of economics at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

WILLIAM M. RODGERS III is chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor. He is on leave from the College of William and Mary where he is the Frances L. and Edwin L. Cummings Associate Professor of Economics.

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