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Public-Sector Unemployment

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Sep 3, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 12:19

Guest:  Jennifer Laird, Sociologist and Doctoral Student at the University of Washington  Government jobs have long been a sort of haven for employment diversity in America. For example, nearly one in five black adults works for the government in jobs ranging from teaching to delivering mail or investigating crimes. But the public sector took a big hit from budget cuts during the recession in 2008 and those layoffs appear to have disproportionately hurt black workers.