Blacks Were More Likely To Be Laid Off During Recession, UW Study Finds

Jennifer Laird of the University of Washington examined the racial gap in terms of who was getting laid off. She was surprised to find the results.

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 […]