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Diversity and Change: Asian American and Pacific Islander Workers

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  • John Schmitt
  • Hye Jin Rho
  • Nicole Woo

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About 7.4 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) work in the United States, making up 5.3 percent of the total U.S. workforce. About 7.1 million of these AAPI workers are Asian Americans; about 300,000 are Pacific Islanders. The AAPI workforce is almost 20 times larger today than it was in 1960. Meanwhile, the share of AAPIs in the total workforce has increased about tenfold over the same period. Three broad themes emerge from our analysis of the data: The first is that AAPI workers are highly diverse. The second theme is that AAPI workers face many challenges in the labor market. The final theme is that the trends in the economic circumstances of AAPI workers have closely mirrored those of the broader workforce.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) in its series CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs with number 2011-16.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:epo:papers:2011-16

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  1. Hye Jin Rho & John Schmitt, 2010. "Health-Insurance Coverage Rates for US Workers, 1979-2008," CEPR Reports and Issue Briefs 2010-06, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).
  2. Ichniowski,Casey & Levine,David I. & Olson,Craig & Strauss,George (ed.), 2000. "The American Workplace," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521650281, October.
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