The Biden administration estimates that if the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passes, it could add two million jobs per year over a decade.
But those jobs, many in construction, may be difficult to fill in an industry that is already experiencing labor shortages. One way some industry leaders see to address the scarcity of skilled workers? Diversify the industry.
Christelle Louis is a first-generation college student. Her mother, a Haitian immigrant, pushed her to get the education she needed to end up in a good job—maybe as a doctor or an engineer.
But no matter how hard Louis worked, that payoff would turn out to be tougher to realize for a first-generation student than for her better-connected classmates. Some colleges are launching programs and other supports to counter these disparities.
The impact of incarceration rarely ends after a prison sentence is completed. Employers are often unwilling or hesitant to hire those with criminal records.
That may be changing. As companies struggle to find workers in a labor market disrupted by the pandemic, there are signs that the competition for talent is benefiting an often-sidelined group: the estimated one in three U.S. adults who have a criminal record.