Research Highlights Racial Disparities In Dallas And Collin County Labor Markets
The disparities are rooted in a history of racism, and have been worsened by the pandemic.
The report from JP Morgan Chase highlights racial inequities in the workforce, which have been worsened by the pandemic.
Andrea Glispie is with United Way of metropolitan Dallas. She presented the findings to the Dallas City Council's Workforce, Education and Equity committee.
"What we find is that white workers overwhelmingly at 86% are making at least $15 an hour if you compare that to Latinx immigrant workers, only 41% of them are making at least $15 an hour," Glispie said. "Overall only 61% of workers of color are making at least $15 an hour."
Glispie also said more than half of Black and Latino workers in Dallas and Collin counties are burdened by housing costs.
"Clearly we face an affordability crisis but it's particularly acute as we look at Black and Latinx workers who are renters," Glispie said. "Over half of Black renters, and almost half of Latinx workers are spending more than 30% of their income on housing."
The report suggests investing in affordable housing and accessible childcare to help promote workforce equity.
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