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Context on Disparities

This section sheds light on some of the important context around the employment and wage disparities presented above, including educational attainment, criminal background, family composition, years of work experience, number of employers, prior occupation, age, and limited English skills. Because each of these factors can influence the type and quality of employment that participants find, this context can suggest some partial explanations for existing disparities.

Education

Education attainment of participants, at the time they enrolled in workforce programs.

Criminal Background

Criminal background at time of enrollment in workforce system programs.

Family Composition

Marital and parent status of participants in workforce system programs.

Years of Work

Number of years worked by participants, in the decade prior to enrolling in a workforce system program.

Number of Employers

Number of employers participants worked for, in the decade prior to enrolling in workforce system programs.

Prior Occupation

Participant occupations, prior to enrolling in a workforce system program.

Age

Age at time of enrollment in a workforce system program.

Limited English Skills

English proficiency among workforce system program participants.

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