Harkin Minimum Wage Proposal On The Price Of Food

The stark racial disparities that characterize Greater Pittsburgh’s labor market weaken the regional economy and levy—much like
an onerous tax—high costs on the entire community. Building an urban economy in which everyone participates and prospers is not merely a matter of altruism or social justice, but rather a crucial step towards transforming an aged industrial center into a dynamic, 21st century city.

This strategic report explains why, in this global information economy, racial equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of sustained development and successful, healthy regional economies. This report analyzes racial disparities in employment in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area, reviews the critical role that a
diverse workforce plays in improving economic competitiveness, and recommends policies for enabling the region to reach its full potential.