Income For Black, Latino Coloradans Significantly Below Average, Report Finds

December 20, 2016
Photo: The State of Working Colorado 2016
While there are positive economic signs, a progressive anti-poverty group adds that there are concerning trends for workers in Colorado.

Colorado has regained the jobs it lost during the recession, and median household income has also recovered -- surpassing pre-recession levels -- according to a report issued Tuesday by the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, a progressive, anti-poverty group.

Since the end of the recession in 2007, Colorado has gained about 271,000 jobs; also, the median household income in the state in 2015 was $63,900. But researchers at the Center say those numbers somewhat mask what they call "concerning" findings.

For example, they report that overall labor participation is still below pre-recession levels, with men ages 25 to 54 -- considered their prime working years -- most prominently missing from Colorado’s labor force. Also, the median income for Latino households was $46,000 -- almost $18,000 less than the figure for all households. African-Americans fared even worse, with a median income of $45,800, according to the Center, citing numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Photo: State of Working Colorado 2016
According to the Colorado Center on Law & Policy, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau, these are the median household incomes for Colorado in 2015.

Michelle Webster, manager of research and policy analysis for the Center, spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.

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