Job Searching While Black: What’s Behind The Unemployment Gap?


In research for her book The American Non-Dilemma: Racial Inequality Without Racism, DiTomaso began by interviewing several hundred white people from across the country about their job histories. She found that about 70 percent of the jobs they had held over their lives were obtained thanks to some kind of inside edge or outside help, like a friend tipping them off to an open position or putting in a good word for them. “It raises questions about people who may not be part of those kinds of networks,” DiTomaso tells Lyden.

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