*Black and Hispanic workers continue to land fewer good jobs than their white counterparts, even when they have a similar or higher education.
According to a recent study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, working professionals of color, who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, are also paid about $10,000 less annually compared to whites.
The report, titled “The Unequal Race for Good Jobs,” tallies the outsize gains made by white workers at all educational levels. Whether they have a high school diploma, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s, whites are more likely to have a good job and hold a greater share of them. The study defines a good job as paying at least $35,000 annually for workers who are 25 to 34, and paying at least $45,000 for older workers.
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“The white surge in college education sets up whites for decades of continued economic dominance,” Anthony Carnevale, lead author of the report and director of the Georgetown center, said in a news release.
He also noted that college students of color don’t have comparable opportunities to “take advanced classes and hold internships, and nurture personal and professional connections,” the outlet writes.
“Often, they don’t have the networks to capitalize on the education that they get,” Carnevale said.
He pointed to students who have two parents with college degrees and how they have “advantages that go beyond financial resources,” Dallas News reports.
“They learn how to negotiate the system, and they develop the expectations and willingness to do the kind of search that will land a good job,” he said.
Bishop T.D. Jakes sees such disparities every day in his city Dallas.
“But it’s deeper than that,” Jakes said, noting that students and graduates “just don’t have enough exposure to the job opportunities and the relationships that open those doors.”
To close the gap, changes have to start at the top of corporate America.
“The only solution is to have more diversity in the upper levels of leadership,” Jakes said. “That will help alleviate some of the biases” involved in selecting workers and setting pay scales.