By Frederick H. Lowe
More companies are forcing men and women to take part-time jobs that pay less and don’t provide benefits and this is especially true for African-American and Hispanic workers, according to a study released by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.
“Hispanic and black workers have been hardest hit by the structural shift toward involuntary part-time work. Hispanics and blacks are relatively much more likely to be involuntarily part-time (6.8 percent and 6.3 percent respectively) than whites, of whom just 3.7 percent work part time involuntarily,” according to the report titled “Still falling short on hours and pay: part-time work becoming the new normal.”
Blacks and Hispanics comprise 27.9 percent of people who work but 41.1 percent of involuntary part-time workers, EPI stated.
African Americans and Hispanics are working part-time jobs because they can’t find full-time jobs.
Black men even have trouble finding part-time, minimum wage work, according to a federal lawsuit recently filed in Chicago.
Part-time workers face lower pay and lower benefit coverage, the report stated.
The Bureau of Labor Statistic defines involuntary part-time workers as people who work 1 to 34 hours last week.