Race Space And Youth Labor Market Opportunities In The Capital Region

There are significant racial disparities in labor market experiences of youth and young adults in the Capital Region, with African-American and Hispanic young adults in particular having higher un- employment levels, and lower wages, than white and Asian youth. But are these disparities getting better or worse, and why? This paper tries to help answer this question, while also providing some recommendations on promising strategies to help address these disparities. The analysis of avail- able data on labor market disparities in the region is focused on young adults, aged 20-24. This age group provides a good indication of the conditions of new entrants to the labor market, and how those conditions have changed over time.