Blacks – especially black women – working in the public sector were disproportionately laid off during the recession, according to a new study by the University of Washington.
The study is being presented this week at a conference of the American Sociological Association. It found that white workers appear to have been better protected from financial shocks to government budgets.
Public-sector jobs have traditionally been a means of economic mobility for African-Americans, and about 1 in 5 black women are public-sector employees. For decades, researchers say, black women found more stability, better pay and managerial opportunities through those jobs than in […]