Closing the Race Gap: Alleviating Young African American Unemployment Through Education

Source: Rory O’Sullivan, Konrad Mugglestone, and Tom Allison, Young Invincibles, June 2014

The Great Recession forced a generation of young adults into joblessness, and no group was hit harder than young African Americans. Meager job opportunities exacerbated economic barriers already faced by this community, including persistent racial discrimination. This report shows how higher education can reduce economic disparities by increasing African Americans’ job prospects and earning potential. …