An Analysis of Perceptions of Job Insecurity among White and Black Workers in the United States: 1977–2012
School of Business
While objective measures indicate that the risk of job loss is higher for black workers than for white workers, there is little research on how what workers’ expectations of job loss differ by race. This study looks at how secure black and white workers are feeling about their jobs and how their perceptions of job insecurity have been affected by time trends and regional unemployment rates. I find that perceptions of job security of black male workers, older black workers, and black high school graduates have deteriorated relative to their white counterparts during the period 1977–2012. Among those who attended college, white workers’ perceived job insecurity has increased. Black blue-collar workers’ and construction workers’ perceptions of job insecurity also have increased relative to their white counterparts. Moreover, perceptions of job insecurity among several black groups, such as high school dropouts and old workers, are more sensitive to regional unemployment rates than their white counterparts.
Kuroki, M. (2016). An analysis of perceptions of job insecurity among White and Black wrkers in the United States: 1977–2012. The Review of Black Political Economy, 43(3-4):289-300. doi:10.1007/s12114-016-9237-6