In the Boston metropolitan area, as in the rest of the nation, deep racial inequities are built into the regional economy. This report, produced in partnership with Burning Glass Technologies, the National Fund for Workforce Solutions, and SkillWorks, provides a comprehensive analysis of long-standing racial gaps in labor market outcomes, the economic impacts of Covid-19, and the racial equity implications of automation. Our in-depth analysis of disaggregated equity indicators and labor market dynamics found that only 47 percent of the region’s workers hold good jobs, that White workers with only a high school diploma earn on average about 10 percent more than Black workers with an associate’s degree, and that eliminating racial inequities in income could boost the Boston regional economy by almost $45 billion a year. The report concludes with a blueprint for action to advance workforce equity across the region, informed by the data and shaped by local leaders. Download the report.
- Summary data slide deck
- Strategic industry profile (from Burning Glass Technologies)
- Supplementary data tables on automation risk and job quality