Table 3

Racial wage gaps in the private sector versus the state and local public sectors

Private sector State and local public sectors
Average African American wage income compared with white wage income -12.9%*** -2.2%**
Average Hispanic wage income compared with white wage income -11.1%*** -2.9%**

Notes: Controls for all models include education, experience, gender, race, marital status, organizational size, metropolitan status, citizenship, Census region, full-time status, and total work hours. Full regression results are included in the appendix tables. See the “Table and figure notes” section of the briefing paper for more detail.

*Probability estimate 0 is >.1.

**Probability estimate 0 is >.05.

***Probability estimate 0 is >.01.

Values describe percentage difference in annual income from wages compared with similar white workers in the same sector, using the equation dlog(y)/dx =100% x (eβ-1).

Source: Authors’ analysis of Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement microdata, pooled years 2006 and 2007

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