Memo: July Jobs Day By the Numbers

August 6, 2021 Groundwork Collaborative

Groundwork Collaborative wants to make sure you have the full context on the U.S. Labor Department’s July Employment Report and the investments we need for an equitable recovery and a truly inclusive economy. 

Lindsay Owens, executive director of Groundwork Collaborative, explained to Forbes how allowing unemployment benefits to expire next month will disproportionately harm Black and brown workers who face higher rates of long-term unemployment: “The historic inequities in the labor market will be laid even more bare.” 

To speak with Lindsay Owens or Rakeen Mabud about today’s jobs report and what’s next for workers and the economy, please contact Jae Aron at

  • We won’t have a full economic recovery until Black and Latinx workers, who have long faced structural barriers to employment and good jobs, reach full employment — and we have a long way to go. Black workers continue to face crisis-level unemployment rates at 8.2%, still nearly double the unemployment rate for white workers. The unemployment rate for Hispanic/Latinx workers is also high at 6.6%. 
  • The bottom line: We have a once-in-a-generation chance to build an economy that works for all of us. By prioritizing care investments, making the expanded Child Tax Credit permanent, repairing our UI system, expanding access to safe and affordable housing, and curbing the climate crisis, we can begin to undo the damage done by decades of disinvestment and create millions of good-paying jobs.