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Partnership for the Public Good report will examine race, jobs and public transit

An update of last year's "Working Toward Equality" report on racial employment inequality will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

The original report by the Partnership for the Public Good – commissioned by a coalition of labor, community and religious organizations – found that local racial disparities in unemployment were worse than national averages. The new report updates that data and spotlights one of the local barriers to equal opportunity: the distance between workers of color and available jobs, and the lack of adequate public transit to connect the two.

Sam Magavern, PPG's executive director, will present the findings. Other speakers will include area labor, civil rights and clergy leaders, many of whom have been fighting to ensure that workers of color benefit from the area's economic revival.

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