Black men face a range of challenges in the labor market which hinder their employment opportunities. What can be done? Effective policies, operating at the federal, state and/or local level, to address some of these challenges include the following:

  • Reduce racial segregation of neighborhoods and schools
  • Boost early work experience for young Black men
  • Reduce crime and incarceration rates
  • Develop access pathways for more – and better – college credentials
  • Provide more help for returning citizens into work
  • Create subsidized jobs

Now is the time to invest in a full range of policies and programs to improve employment rates of Black men. As a nation, we simply cannot afford to waste so much personal and economic potential.

Read the full article about employment for black men by Harry J. Holzer at Brookings.