New Poll Finds Half of Black Youth Faces Job Discrimination

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black-youth-job-discriminationA new poll has brought to light an alarming revelation about black youth and employment: almost half of young black adults feel they’ve dealt with work-related dscrimination.

The new information comes from a GenForward survey of young adults conducted by the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago with The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. According to AP, the poll is the first-of-its-kind and “pays special attention to the voices of young adults of color, highlighting how race and ethnicity shape the opinions of the country’s most diverse generation.”

The poll found that 48% of African Americans age 18-30 feel they’ve experienced discrimination while looking for a job or while at work- as compared to about one-third of Asian-Americans and Latinos and only 10% of whites saying they experienced employment-related racism.

In addition to facing work-related discrimination, the study found that 54% of black youth also feel that their race has made it more difficult to get ahead because of their race, while 31% of young whites were the only group to say they feel like their race makes life easier.

“The poll of 1,851 adults age 18-30 was conducted Sept. 1-14 using a sample drawn from the probability-based GenForward panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. young adult population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points,” reports AP.