The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice has just, “Bridging the Two Americas: Employment and Economic Opportunity in Newark and Beyond,” and its findings are grim. For starters, 62 percent of Newark households qualify as “ALICE,” asset-limited, income-constrained, and employed — a long way of saying “working poor.” They do not earn enough to meet their basic needs for housing, healthcare, food, transportation, and childcare. And while just about three-quarters of Newark residents are people of color, nearly two-thirds of workers in the city are white. Residents hold just 18 percent of all jobs in the city. And unemployment in the state’s largest city in 2015 was 8.8 percent, about 60 percent higher than unemployment statewide (5.6 percent).
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