The Washington Post : He went from jail to a $22-an-hour job. How can America get more stories like this?

This article references the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Staff Reports : Can Low-Wage Workers Find Better Jobs?
authored by Richard Florida, Todd Gabe, and Jaison R. Abel. There is growing concern over rising economic inequality, the decline of the middle class, and a polarization of the U.S. workforce. This study examines the extent to which low-wage workers in the United States transition to better jobs, and explores the factors associated with uch a move up the job ladder.

November 15, 2018
CitiesEmploymentFiles / Working Papers

Regional Studies : The Geography of Inequality: Difference and Determinants of Wage and Income Inequality across US Metros

This paper examines the geographic variation in wage inequality and income inequality across US metros. The findings indicate that the two are quite different. Wage inequality is closely associated with skills, human capital,technology and metro size, in line with the literature, but these factors are only weakly associated with income inequality. Furthermore, wage inequality explains only 15% of income inequality across metros. Income inequality is more closely associated
with unionization, race and poverty. No relationship is found between income inequality and average incomes and only a modest relationship between it and the percentage of high-income households.

April 7, 2014
EducationEmploymentRichard Florida Columns

Washington Monthly : The Living-in-the-Basement Generation

According to new research by the Social Science Research Council’s Measure of America project, for our nation’s 5.8 million “disconnected youth”—the one in seven Americans between the ages of sixteen and twenty-four who are neither working nor enrolled in school. This cohort, whose numbers were stable for a decade, surged by 800,000 after the Great Recession and includes not only children from poor and minority families but significant numbers of white, middle-class youth as well.

October 29, 2013

TIME : Creating not just jobs, but good jobs

Florida points out that the sorts of service-sector jobs the U.S. is on track to create the most of in coming years—for home health aides, customer service workers, food preparers, retail sales clerks—don’t necessarily pay all that well, and certainly not as well as the manufacturing jobs they are replacing.

July 16, 2010