- Black male workers are significantly less likely than workers overall to be employed in New Orleans' growing sectors of professional, scientific, and technical services; educational services; and health care and social assistance services. Tweet
- Economic decline and industrial restructuring in New Orleans were particularly painful for African-American men. Jobs in industries where men comprised over 70 percent of employment declined by 60 percent from 1980 to 2004. Further, only 15 percent of African-American men had an associate's degree or higher in 1980, putting them at a significant disadvantage in the labor market. Tweet
- As real hourly wages for non-college-going workers have stagnated for the past 30 years and scarcity has driven up the cost of postsecondary talent, there has been a rapid increase in the wage gap between those with and without postsecondary education. Tweet
- High growth is projected in good-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing and heavy construction. Career pathway programs, industry partnerships, and other strategies can realize the economic potential of African-American men by enabling them to fill the vacancies in these industries. Tweet
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