Economic Policy InstituteTransportation Infrastructure and    Good Jobs for Black Men                       Algernon Austi...
Top ten metropolitan areas with the             highest black male unemployment rates,                      July 2009 to M...
Share of male 16-to-64 year-old population in                     construction, manufacturing, and                   trans...
Estimated number of black male job                            losses from 2007 to 2011      0                         Cons...
ASCE Transportation Infrastructure                Grades, 2009                     Aviation:                   D          ...
Estimated share of African-American jobs in                     different transportation infrastructure                   ...
FTA Transit Backlog Jobs• 74% male•    16% less than high school diploma•    39% high school diploma•    28% some college•...
Wage distribution by quintiles of FTA                          Transit Backlog jobs30%25%                                 ...
Benefits of Transportation    Infrastructure Investments for Black                    Men• Depending on the type of invest...
Benefits of Transportation    Infrastructure Investments for Black              Men (continued)• Good public transit syste...
More information at www.epi.org                         aaustin@epi.orgSeptember 26, 2012            www.epi.org          11
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  1. 1. Economic Policy InstituteTransportation Infrastructure and Good Jobs for Black Men Algernon Austin Congressional Briefing Transporting Black Men to Good Jobs Transportation Infrastructure, Transportation Jobs, and Public Transit Wednesday, September 26, 2012 8:30 - 10:00 am Rayburn House Office Building - Gold Room (2168)
  2. 2. Top ten metropolitan areas with the highest black male unemployment rates, July 2009 to May 201230.0% 24.6% Black male White male25.0% 22.0% 21.6% 21.6% 20.9% 19.8% 19.6%20.0% 18.7% 18.6% 18.0%15.0% 13.5% 13.0% 10.2% 10.6%10.0% 8.8% 9.0% 8.2% 7.7% 7.5% 6.2% 5.0% 0.0% Source: Authors estimates based on Current Population Survey and Local Area Unemployment Statistics data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 2
  3. 3. Share of male 16-to-64 year-old population in construction, manufacturing, and transportation industries, 2005-2007 (ACS estimates)14.0% 13.1% 12.2%12.0% 10.3% 10.1%10.0% 9.3% 8.0% 6.7% 6.0% 4.9% 4.7% 4.4% 4.0% White 2.0% Black All 0.0% Construction Manufacturing Transportation Source: Authors analysis of American Community Survey data from Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek, Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database] (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2010). September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 3
  4. 4. Estimated number of black male job losses from 2007 to 2011 0 Construction Manufacturing Transportation and Utilities -50,000-100,000-150,000 -134,000 -150,000-200,000 -198,000-250,000 Source: Authors analysis of Current Population Survey data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 4
  5. 5. ASCE Transportation Infrastructure Grades, 2009 Aviation: D Bridges: C Rail: C- Roads: D- Transit: D Source: http://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 5
  6. 6. Estimated share of African-American jobs in different transportation infrastructure investment plans16% 14%14% 13%12% 11%10% 9%8%6%4%2%0% SAFETEA-LU T4A Transit-Plus FTA Transit Backlog AA Transportion Action Source: Economic Policy Institute Plan September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 6
  7. 7. FTA Transit Backlog Jobs• 74% male• 16% less than high school diploma• 39% high school diploma• 28% some college• 17% bachelor’s degree or higherSource: Ethan Pollack and Rebecca Theiss, Impact of Alternate Public Transit and Rail Investment Scenarios on the LaborMarket, Issue Brief #285 (Wasington D.C.: Economic Policy Institute, 2010).September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 7
  8. 8. Wage distribution by quintiles of FTA Transit Backlog jobs30%25% 24% 23% 21%20% 17% 15%15%10% "Very "Low "Medium "High "Very Low Wage" Wage" Wage" High5% Wage" Wage"0% Lowest Second Third Fourth Highest Source: Ethan Pollack and Rebecca Thiess, Impact of Alternate Public Transit and Rail Investment Scenarios on the Labor Market, Issue Brief #285 (Washington D.C.: Economic Policy Institute, 2010). September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 8
  9. 9. Benefits of Transportation Infrastructure Investments for Black Men• Depending on the type of investments, black men can get a significant share of the jobs created.• Most of the jobs pay well.• Transportation infrastructure investments in public transit can lead to the creation of transportation jobs which can also benefit black men.September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 9
  10. 10. Benefits of Transportation Infrastructure Investments for Black Men (continued)• Good public transit systems can increase the access to jobs of black males who lack private vehicles.September 26, 2012 www.epi.org 10
  11. 11. More information at www.epi.org aaustin@epi.orgSeptember 26, 2012 www.epi.org 11

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