Behind the Times: The Limited Role of Minorities in the Greater Pittsburgh Workforce

Mar 1, 2015

This report is based on an analysis of workforce-related data collected by the Pittsburgh Regional Workforce Diversity Indicators Initiative. The initiative is led by Vibrant Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh TODAY, includes representatives from RAND Corporation, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, Allegheny Conference on Community Development, University of Pittsburgh's Center for Race and Social Problems, and University of Pittsburgh's University Center for Social and Urban Research. The Initiative tracks regional workforce diversity over time, monitoring local progress against other benchmark regions.

The key finding in this report is the southwestern Pennsylvania workforce is lacking in diversity by almost any measure. The discrepancies seen in labor force participation, the type of jobs minority workers hold, and the incomes they earn, are issues with implications for the region’s economy, businesses and citizens.

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