From the New York Times:
As Labor Pool Shrinks, Prison Time Is Less of a Hiring HurdleIt’s almost as if the Trump Administration enforcing more of the laws against illegal immigration than the Obama Administration has benefited America’s blacks and America’s screw-ups of all colors who want a second chance at working for an honest living.
By BEN CASSELMAN JAN. 13, 2018
A rapidly tightening labor market is forcing companies across the country to consider workers they once would have turned away. That is providing opportunities to people who have long faced barriers to employment, such as criminal records, disabilities or prolonged bouts of joblessness. …
The American economy hasn’t experienced this kind of fierce competition for workers since the late 1990s and early 2000s, the last time the unemployment rate — currently 4.1 percent — was this low.
As employers dip deeper into the pool of available labor, workers are coming off the economy’s sidelines. The participation rate for what economists call prime-age workers — those ages 25 to 54 — hit a seven-year high in December. Employment gains have been especially strong for groups that often face discrimination — unemployment for African-Americans fell to 6.8 percent in November, the lowest rate on record.