Reports & Analyses
January 31, 2017
The latest brief from the National Equity Atlas team, Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros, analyzes the relationship between racial and spatial inequality in employment across America’s largest 150 metropolitan regions. We find that in several regions with large racial gaps in employment such as Youngstown and Milwaukee, unemployed workers of color tend to live in a small number of neighborhoods. In these places, neighborhood-targeted workforce development and job access strategies have the potential to increase racial equity and reduce disparities at the regional level, building stronger and more inclusive regional economies.
August 10, 2015
How much stronger could the economy be if everyone who wanted a job could find one—regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender? This analysis, produced for the Fed Up campaign for Federal Reserve policies that work for communities most left behind by the recovery, estimates the potential economic gains of full employment for all. Find out what the United States economy—and the economies of the 12 metropolitan regions where each Federal Reserve office is located—could look like with true full employment for all. Download the fact sheets and methodology here. (Download detailed methodological appendix here).
Media: This is how protesters plan to take on the Federal Reserve (Wonkblog)
October 22, 2014
How much could the economy benefit from racial inclusion? This research brief estimates the economic boost of racial inclusion for the largest 150 regions, all 50 states, and the nation. We found that the national economy stands to grow $2.1 trillion every year from racial equity, and that every region in the country would gain millions per year – from $287 million in Springfield, Missouri (the lowest potential gain) to $510 billion in Los Angeles (the highest). Download the brief, press release, or data.
Media: How Racial Equity Can Make Cities Richer (CityLab), What the U.S. Economy Would Look Like if Racial Inequality Didn’t Exist (WonkBlog), Eliminating Racial Income Gaps Would Boost GDP By $2.1 Trillion (National Journal), Why Racial Equality Is Good for the Economy, in One Chart (News.Mic)
March 26, 2014
A once-homogeneous state, Minnesota is rapidly becoming more diverse and is now home to the nation’s largest Somali population and its second-largest Hmong population. But it is also home to some of the largest racial gaps in economic opportunity. By implementing an equitable growth agenda, Minnesota can fully leverage its newfound diversity as an asset and build an economy that provides opportunities for all Minnesotans to flourish. Download the full report and the one-page summary.
March 1, 2012
In a state where more than 7 of every 10 youth are people of color, equity is the key to a prosperous economy for all. Our report shares principles and policy priorities to build an equitable Golden State, and serves as the backbone for our policy work in California. Download the report in English or Spanish and view demographic change maps.
November 9, 2011
As the country witnesses the emergence of a new racial and ethnic majority, equity—long a matter of social justice and morality—is now also an economic imperative. The nation can only achieve and sustain growth and prosperity by integrating all into the economy, including those who have too often been left behind. America’s Tomorrow was the framing paper for the fourth annual Equity Summit held in Detroit in 2011. Download the full report and summary, available in English and Spanish.