Advancing Workforce Equity in Chicago: A Blueprint for Action


In the Chicagoland area, as in the rest of the nation, deep racial inequities are built into the regional economy. This report, produced in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and the Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance, offers a comprehensive analysis of long-standing racial gaps in labor market outcomes, the economic impacts of Covid-19, and the racial equity implications of automation. It provides in-depth, disaggregated data on equity indicators and labor market dynamics, finding that only 41 percent of the region’s 4.2 million workers hold good jobs, that White workers with only a high school diploma earn on average the same wages as Black workers with an associate’s degree, and that eliminating racial inequities in income could boost the Chicagoland economy by $136 billion a year. Finally, it provides a blueprint for action to advance workforce equity informed by the data and driven by local leaders. Download the report.

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Media: New Research Highlights Racial Inequities in the Chicago Area Workforce and Proposes Recommendations for Equitable Economic Recovery (PR News Wire)


Abbie Langston
Abbie Langston