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Ken Jacobs, Kuochih Huang, Jenifer MacGillvaryand Enrique Lopezlira

The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the US Construction Industry

In this paper we look at the use by construction workers and their families in the United States of five means-tested safety net programs. We find that 39% of families of construction workers are enrolled in one or more safety net program at a cost of almost $28 billion per year. In comparison, 31% of all workers have a family member enrolled in a safety net program. Three times as many construction workers as all workers lack health insurance (31% compared to 10%).

Labor Summer Internship

We are now accepting applications for our 2022 Labor Summer Internship Program. Spend your summer learning about social and economic justice and exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, and immigration in the labor movement!
Application Deadline: January 30, 2022

Bloomberg Law

Artificial Intelligence Hiring Bias Spurs Scrutiny and New Regs

“Basically, these are largely untested technologies with virtually no oversight,” said Lisa Kresge, research and policy associate at the University of California, Berkeley Labor Center, who studies the intersection of technological change and inequality. “That’s unprecedented in the workplace.”

Enrique Lopezlira, Kuochih Huang, Sarah Thomason, Annette Bernhardtand Ken Jacobs

California’s Labor Market in the Time of COVID-19: 2021 Chartbook

This data tool tracks the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on workers in California, and how the state is recovering from these effects. The pandemic left millions of Californians out of work, and while the economy has begun to recover in recent months, some workers continue to struggle. This resource will be updated periodically, as new data becomes available, to allow users to monitor the progress of labor markets in the state.