Examining the Role of Job Separations in Black-White Labor Market Disparities
Kaplan, Heidi (Federal Reserve Board of Governors)
This publication reports on economic research providing strong evidence of wide racial disparities in the labor market. While numerous studies document the gap between black and white unemployment that has persisted for more than 40 years, recent research suggests that the gap is partially driven by higher rates of job loss among black workers than among white workers. The report concludes it is essential for policymakers and employers to consider structural changes that support employed black workers and reduce barriers to employment.