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African Americans in the Workforce: Home

Catalog Subject Headings

In the catalog, use the following subject headings:

African Americans--Employment

Blacks --United States --Employment

Discrimination in employment --United States

Microform and Electronic Archival Sources

Black workers in the era of the great migration, 1916-1929  [Princeton only]

New Deal Agencies and Black America [Princeton only]

Records of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, Series A, Holdings of the Chicago Historical Society and the Newberry Library, 1925-1969
   50 microfilm reels
   Guide to accompany microform, Location: Firestone Microforms Services (FilmB) HD6515.R362 B76
   [View Catalog Record]

Electronic version [Princeton only]:

Part 1: Records of the BSCP, 1925-1969

Part 2: Records of the Ladies Auxiliary of the BSCP, 1931-1968

Part 3: Records of the BSCP Relations with the Pullman Company, 1925-1968


The black labor force in the recovery 

U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2011

Covers the period of the Great Recession.

Changes in state unemployment rates by race and ethnicity (from 4th quarter 2007 to 4th quarter 2015)

Economic Policy Institute

Color-based Charges

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

"Total number of charges filed and resolved under Title VII alleging color-based discrimination." Fiscal years from 1992 to present.

Monthly Black Worker Report

 UC Berkeley Labor Center (note: ceased with December 2013 report)

Race in the Workplace: The Black Experience in the US Private Sector, published February 21, 2021 by McKinsey & Co.

  • "This [McKinsey & Company] report explores Black workers in the private sector in three parts: first, their participation in the entire US private-sector economy; second, their representation, advancement, and experience in companies; and third, a path forward that includes the key challenges to address, actions companies can take, and additional actions for a wider set of stakeholders to accelerate progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I)".