Racial discrimination in employment is real in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, and it poses a real threat to long-term economic growth for our region and state. Employers must respond and improve with new tools that eliminate bias. Policymakers and employers can focus their attention on improving the pipeline for low-income communities of color with sector initiatives in high-demand industries, such as construction, green energy, transit, and health care.
Those are among the findings and recommendations in “Meeting in the Marketplace,” the third in a series of Growth & Justice policy reports aimed at reducing racial and income disparities in employment and training. The papers are part of a Growth & Justice research and advocacy project, Workforce Equity for a Competitive Economy.
Among the specific recommendations: