Public Sector Layoffs Disproportionately Hurting African Americans

Since the Great Recession began, some 600,000 public sector workers have lost their jobs, as both the federal government and state government have attempted to slash their budgets. As the New York Times noted today, these layoffs are disproportionately hurting the African American community, as “about one in five black workers have public-sector jobs, and African-American workers are one-third more likely than white ones to be employed in the public sector.”