Local public policy group Sustainable Pittsburgh released a report that says the key to thriving economy has a lot to do with a diverse workforce. The paper was put together by Policy Link, a think tank.
The paper, "Inclusion in the Workforce" found that that the additional revenue generated by employing people of color would flow right back into the general economy, improving quality of life for everyone.
Twenty-five partners participated in the report's development. Lee Hipps, Sustainable Pittsburgh Chair said, according to the report, the 14,000 jobless, underemployed, and working poor in the region would have had $372 million dollars in additional revenue.
Three recommendations were made- to promote job growth in a diversity of living wage sectors, helping African-Americans overcome systematic barriers to employment and generating demand for diverse employees.