Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers

Source: Hye Jin Rho, John Schmitt, Nicole Woo, Lucia Lin and Kent Wong, Center for Economic and Policy Research, July 2011

From the abstract:
This report reviews 50 years of government data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) workers. Three broad themes emerge. The first is that AAPI workers are highly diverse. AAPIs come from dozens of national and ethnic backgrounds. Three-fourths are immigrants. They have higher college-completion rates than whites but are also less likely than whites to have finished high school. The second theme is that AAPI workers face many challenges in the labor market. AAPI workers have higher levels of wage inequality, are less likely than whites to have health insurance, are less likely than whites to own their home, and about 1-in-6 lives in a “linguistically isolated” household. The final theme is that the trends in the economic circumstances of AAPI workers have closely mirrored those of the broader workforce. AAPI unemployment rates, for example, have increased sharply in the Great Recession. Over the longer-term, health-insurance coverage rates have fallen and earnings inequality has risen for AAPI workers, tracking national trends.

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