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Can't Find a New Job? Race Matters When it Comes to Job Leads

When it comes to hearing about a job lead, race matters, according to a new academic study from Rice University and North Carolina State University.

When it comes to hearing about a job lead, race matters, according to a new academic study. Research from Rice University and North Carolina State University finds that the racial composition of a labor market is a significant factor in whether workers find out about job leads. ‘What we were interested in with his study was the likelihood of you, as a worker, hearing about jobs you didn’t already have and then being able to pursue those. So what we found was that the higher the percentage of white people in your occupational group locally, the more likely you were to hear about jobs that were out there and available to take,’ said Jim Elliott, an associate professor of sociology at Rice University. ‘When you have a more minority dominated occupation, what happens is those job leads begin to dry up.’

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