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Race & Jobs at High Risk to Automation

Innovation is changing America, from self-checkout lanes in grocery stores to driverless cars. New jobs will emerge, like technicians who service these technologies. Other jobs will be eliminated, such as some cashiers and drivers. To what extent are African Americans—whose unemployment rates are already twice as high as those of Whites—currently represented in jobs at…

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The Use of Digital Tools by Black and Latino Businesses

New Joint Center Survey: The Use of Digital Tools by Black and Latino Businesses As we become increasingly reliant upon our devices — from finding the nearest gas station with our navigation systems to paying for our coffee with a swipe of our phones, businesses of color need to do an internal check and ask…

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The Impact of Automation on Black Jobs

Almost a quarter of African-American workers are concentrated in just 20 occupations that are at high risk to automation, such as cashiers, retail salespersons, cooks, and security guards. The 20 occupations with a high risk of automation over the next 10-20 years (80-99 percent) that employ the most African Americans account for 24.1 percent of…

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Ensuring Energy for Low-Income Households of Color

 Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Ensuring Energy for Low-Income Households of Color. Click here to read the 9-page brief. Key points: Many low-income Americans are forced to choose between energy and basic needs like food and medicine. Black, Latino, and Native American households are disproportionately affected. Recently, Congress has…

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5G, Smart Cities & Communities of Color

Innovation is changing America, from self-checkout lanes in grocery stores to driverless cars. New jobs will emerge, like technicians who service these technologies. Other jobs will be eliminated, such as cashiers and drivers. How will these changes affect communities of color? How can leaders maximize new job and business opportunities, and mitigate challenges like job…

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New Joint Center Poll on Black Voter Enthusiasm

There is plenty of conjecture about whether African Americans will turn out to vote in 2016, but not enough accurate data. The Joint Center commissioned and analyzed a national survey to fill that gap. The survey intentionally oversampled black voters, which made it possible to identify trends among African Americans of different incomes, ages, and…

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Joint Center Report: Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence

Today, the Joint Center, the Urban Institute, and the Joyce Foundation released our report Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities. The conversation around gun violence in the United States is often focused on mass shootings, but too often ignores its devastating effects on communities of color. African-Americans account for over 56%…

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Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff

Today, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Racial Diversity Among Top Senate Staff. The report is critical to understanding diversity among top staff in the U.S. Senate, including chiefs of staff, legislative directors, and communications directors in Washington, DC personal offices of U.S. Senators, as well as staff directors assigned to committees. Data reflect Senate…

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50 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Today the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released50 Years of the Voting Rights Act: The State of Race in Politics.The report is critical to understanding the impact of the Act and the future of voting rights. The report provides data on minority voter turnout, racially polarized voting, policy outcomes by race, and the…

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Black Turnout & the 2014 Midterms

Today the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies released Black Turnout & the 2014 Midterms by Professors Andra Gillespie and Tyson King-Meadows, which examines the impact of black voters in determining competitive U.S. Senate and Governors’ races in thirteen states. Click here for the report. Key Findings: Black voters are a critical component of the…

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