The Unequal Race for Good Jobs: How Whites Made Outsized Gains in Education and Good Jobs Compared to Blacks and Latinos

TR Number



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce


Inequities in access to good jobs by race and ethnicity have grown in past decades. White workers are more likely than Black or Latino workers to have a good job at every level of educational attainment. This report explores how White workers have relied on their educational and economic privileges to build disproportionate advantages in the educational pipeline and the workforce. Black and Latino workers, on the other hand, have strived to overcome discrimination, racism, and other injustices that continue to perpetuate earnings inequality. Policy changes can help narrow these equity gaps; otherwise, they will continue for generations to come.



minority students, educational attainment, academic achievement gap, labor market segregation