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  • March 02, 2017 | Los Angeles Business Journal

    Report: L.A. Income Inequality Seventh-Highest in Nation

    Los Angeles County ranks seventh in income inequality out of the nation’s 150 largest metro regions, according to a new report. The study from PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environment and Regional Equity, with support from the Weingart Foundation, concludes that this high rate of...

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  • February 28, 2017 | The Seattle Times

    States need environmental agendas based on social justice

    The National Equity Atlas illustrates that air-pollution exposure in the Asian Pacific Islander population is 34 points worse than it is for the white population in Washington state. The University of Southern California Program for Environmental and Regional Equity report, The Climate Gap,...

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  • February 15, 2017 | http://spotlightonpoverty.org/spotlight-exclusives/race-place-jobs-reducing-employment-inequality-americas-metros/

    Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros

    How to connect unemployed and under-employed workers of color to jobs in growing industries and industries with retiring baby boomers is a key question for Pittsburgh, but the region is far from alone. The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce estimates that that by 2020 there will...

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  • February 15, 2017 | Spotlight on Poverty and Opporunity

    Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros

    How to connect unemployed and under-employed workers of color to jobs in growing industries and industries with retiring baby boomers is a key question for Pittsburgh, but the region is far from alone. The Georgetown Center for Education and the Workforce estimates that that by 2020 there will...

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  • December 30, 2016 | The Washington Post

    Where you live can have a lot to say about your health

    Health disparities based on race, income and gender tend to draw more notice, but variations related to where people live are prompting public health officials to use the information to craft more-targeted policies. As the data becomes more precise, experts believe interventions to combat...

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  • October 24, 2016 | CityLab

    This Atlas of Racial Equity Just Keeps Getting Better

    The National Equity Atlas, developed by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE), might be the best and most comprehensive graphic call for economic equality available today.

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  • May 23, 2016 | Next City

    More Muscle Added to Equity Tool

    The National Equity Atlas, launched almost two years ago, features racial breakdowns of numerous economic and related data, such as median hourly wages, unemployment and educational attainment, so policymakers, researchers and anyone can see clearly who is benefiting from the economy and who is...

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  • March 07, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Where Children Rarely Escape Poverty

    Charlotte, North Carolina, wants to change its status as one of the worst places in the United States for poor children to have a shot at getting ahead as adults. If the city succeeds, its efforts may offer a roadmap for other major metro areas gripped by barriers such as concentrated poverty...

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  • March 01, 2016 | The Atlantic

    Separate and Still Unequal

    In a modern-day tale of two cities, in virtually every major U.S. metropolitan area students of color are much more likely than whites to attend public schools shaped by high concentrations of poverty, an analysis of federal data has found.

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  • February 29, 2016 | The Atlantic

    The Concentration of Poverty in American Schools

    In almost all major American cities, most African American and Hispanic students attend public schools where a majority of their classmates qualify as poor or low-income, a new analysis of federal data shows.

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  • January 06, 2016 | Chicago Tribune

    Chicago's future hinges on retooling schools for digital age

    By 2020, 47 percent of all jobs in the Chicago region will require an associate degree or higher, according to the National Equity Atlas, produced by research group PolicyLink and the University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity. 

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  • December 21, 2015 | NTEN

    Merging Data and Story to Win More Equitable Policies

    Compelling facts have always been a key ingredient in winning policy campaigns, and the rise of web technology has opened the floodgates for data that would have been out of reach to all but the most dogged advocates just 20 years ago.

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  • December 01, 2015 | National Journal

    Top Cities for Asians, Blacks and Latinos for High-Paying Work

    Asi­ans in the Trenton, New Jer­sey, met­ro­pol­it­an area on av­er­age make the most money among people of col­or in the coun­try. That’s ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tion­al Equity At­las, which crunches Census and oth­er gov­ern­ment data to high­light in­come and edu­ca­tion gaps...
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  • November 03, 2015 | National Journal

    Even Among College Grads, Whites Earn More Than Nearly Everyone

    At the mo­ment, no mat­ter how much edu­ca­tion people of col­or at­tain, they likely will earn less than whites with the same level of edu­ca­tion. That’s ac­cord­ing to the latest Na­tion­al Equity At­las, cre­ated by Poli­cyLink and the Uni­versity of South­ern Cali­for­nia’s Pro­gram for...

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  • June 25, 2015 | Next City

    Fairfax County Faces Stark Stats on Income Inequality

    The recently released “Equitable Growth Profile of Fairfax County,” (prepared by PolicyLink and the University of Southern California’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity) shows that between 2000 and 2010, the number of people of color in Fairfax County went up 42 percent — versus a...

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