Findings from the National Equity Atlas for ten (10) geographically dispersed mid-sized metropolitan regions are provided below. Check out the last column as it depicts how much more robust each of these regions would have been if there had been wage equity amongst all races. Don’t you think the business community would love to have billions of more dollars driving the local economy and that municipal governments would love to have the added tax revenue? Sounds like a win-win-win situation.
The numbers are quite staggering, but particularly for Corpus Christi and Salinas. Hopefully, data such as this will help drive discussion on improving social and wage equity across the nation, not only for persons of color, but also for women.
How about the equity that would be added if involuntary long-term unemployment were ended, along with involuntary underemployment? http://www.change.org/petitions/demand-workforce-guided-job-creation.
It would be interesting to see a comparison of involvement in volunteering between different races in these mid sized towns – (a measure of social capital) which adds significant value to the economy, it’s possible that those paid least might also give the most!