The Incredible Pay Disparity Facing Blacks and Hispanics in Retail Work

June 2, 2015 | | Washington Post |

Retail workers — sales clerks, cashiers and stock people — account for one in six jobs in the United States and a large share of the new positions created in the years since the recession. Many of the jobs are low-paying, making retail a major culprit in one of the most difficult challenges confronting the economy: stagnant wages.

The situation is even more challenging for black and Latino retail workers, according to a report released Tuesday by the NAACP in conjunction with Demos, a public policy organization. Not only are they more likely than whites or Asians to work in retail, but they also tend to have the worst jobs in the retail industry, the report said.

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