Advancing Workforce Equity

The Advancing Workforce Equity project is a multi-year collaboration between the National Equity Atlas, Lightcast, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and various local organizations, with support from JPMorgan Chase. We define workforce equity as a labor market in which racial income gaps are eliminated, all jobs are good jobs, and everyone who wants to work has access to family-supporting employment.

This project includes two national reports and nine regional analyses bringing together the unparalleled equity data disaggregation of the National Equity Atlas, the real-time labor market analytics of Lightcast, and the local wisdom and insights of leaders working on the ground to advance workforce equity and build an inclusive economy.

National Reports

Our national-level reports provide disaggregated data on racial inequities in workforce outcomes, the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the projected effects of automation on US workers and jobs, disaggregated by race and ethnicity.

Local Reports

Our series of local reports serve as the basis for long-term equity-focused efforts in regions across the US.

We partnered with the Detroit Area Workforce Funders Collaborative to produce our most recent report, Advancing Workforce Equity in Metro Detroit: A Blueprint for Action. In Nashville, Tennessee, we worked with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee. In Columbus, Ohio, we worked with One Columbus and the Workforce Innovation Center. And we previously worked with the National Fund for Workforce Solutions and members of its national network of workforce practitioners in the following regions: the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle. In each region, we partnered with local leaders to analyze tailored workforce data, identify the key drivers of inequity, and prioritize actionable strategies to advance equity through their policy efforts, programs, and investments.

One additional report is forthcoming in October 2022 for the Miami region.