According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 12.6 million people were unemployed as of September 2020. Black and Latinx workers are bearing the brunt of these job losses, with unemployment rates 4.2% and 2.4% higher than average, respectively. Permanent job losses are also increasing. The number of workers on permanent layoff increased by 345,000 from August to September, rising to 3.8 million.
How can we ensure that all workers can access meaningful and sustainable work during our economic recovery?
Nonprofit CWI Labs, whose mission is to help underserved communities overcome workforce entry barriers, has partnered with WorkingNation to address the issue in a series of interviews for our An Equitable Recovery series.
We have invited experts in workforce development, labor economics, aging, racial equity and policy to discuss the challenges before our Nation. And, most importantly, to introduce thought-provoking solutions.
In the first of four interviews, Malcom Glenn, the 2020 CWI Labs Senior Fellow and the director of public affairs at Better.com, sits down with series host Ramona Schindelheim, editor-in-chief of WorkingNation, to discuss the challenges facing Black job seekers and how employers and policy makers can address those challenges in the short-term and the long-term.
You can read more about the series here: CWI Labs, An Equitable Recovery