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Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the NYC Job Market

Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the NYC Job Market

The Commission produced a brief preliminary report entitled Race at Work: Realities of Race and Criminal Record in the NYC Job Market. This report summarizes a study of the impact of race, ethnicity, and criminal records on securing entry-level positions conducted by Princeton University Professors Dr. Devah Pager and Dr. Bruce Western with assistance from the Commission and funding from the JEHT Foundation.

The study:

  • Used matched pairs of testers (whites and African-Americans or Latinos) who applied for the same jobs with the same resumes, and investigators who tracked call-backs, interviews, and job offers.
  • Revealed that young white high school graduates were twice as likely to be hired than their black counterparts.
  • Revealed that Latino testers fared batter than blacks in securing low-wage positions.
  • Revealed that young black men with no criminal records fared no better than young white men with criminal records when landing an entry-level position.

The Commission issued this report at a conference commemorating its 50th Anniversary as an official City agency at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem in December 2005.

Download this report (in PDF) online below, or call 311 or (212) NEW-YORK to receive it by mail.

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