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News from EPI Good jobs now harder to come by, hardest for minorities

Report shows combination of decent wages, health care coverage, and retirement benefits eludes growing share of U.S. workers

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A good job, most people would agree, should include three basic features: it has to pay at least enough to support a decent standard of living and to offer health insurance and a retirement plan. Finding a job that meets these criteria, however, has become more and more of a challenge for all U.S. workers, and especially for members of minority groups. A new report to be issued Thursday, November 12th by the Economic Policy Institute, Getting Good Jobs to America’s People of Color, (EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 AM, Thursday, November 12, 2009) documents the overall erosion of good jobs over the past 30 years and the disparate impact of that erosion on different groups of Americans by race, ethnicity, and gender. The report, by Algernon Austin, who directs EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy, also makes detailed recommendations for reversing the decline in good jobs.

Report and press release
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Algernon Austin