Race and Recession Report

On November 6, 2013 Applied Research Center (ARC) was rebranded as Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation. The content on this page was published on the ARC website prior to the rebrand.
May 18, 2009

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rr_cover_web.jpg"Race and Recession: How Inequity Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules" tells the stories of people of color who are disproportionately affected by the recession.

It uncovers root causes of long-term racial inequities that fed into the economic crisis. It proposes structural solutions to change a system that threatens future generations.

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Fig. 3: Unemployment by Race, 1973-2009
Fig. 4: Unemployment for Young Workers by Race, 1977-2009
Fig. 5: Occupations and Race, April 2009
Fig. 6: Median Weekly Earnings by Occupation and Race, April 2009
Fig. 7: Median Weekly Earnings by Race and Gender, 2009
Fig. 14: Detroit Foreclosures by Race, 2008
P. 40: The Cumulative Effect of Housing Discrimination
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"Race and Recession: How Injustice Rigged the Economy and how to Change the Rules" takes us beyond the numbers to explore the root causes of racial inequity. As the recession ravages the country, the Applied Research Center has been following its path. From Rhode Island’s welfare offices to job placement centers in Detroit, from Washington State’s hospitals to construction sites of Austin, Texas, we gathered real stories about what this recession means in a country in which race is a significant predictor of one’s economic situation.

These stories and supporting data reveal the policies behind the patterns of racial inequity that have created an economy that is precarious for everyone. The report calls for an inclusive recovery, recognizing that a healthy economy requires explicit attention to our deepest racial divides. 

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