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Upward Trend in Wage Inequality among AAPI Workers in the US Continues

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Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the US workforce. About 9.5 million AAPIs[1] ages 16 or older worked in the United States in 2017 — a dramatic increase from just over one-half of one percent of all US workers in 1960 to 6.1 percent today.[2] AAPI ...

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Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) are one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the US workforce. About 9.5 million AAPIs[1] ages 16 or older worked in the United States in 2017 — a dramatic increase from just over one-half of one percent of all US workers in 1960 to 6.1 percent today.[2] AAPI workers also almost doubled from 2000, during a period when the Asian population in the US grew 87 percent, from 11.9 million in 2000 to 22.2 million in 2017.[3]

As more AAPIs enter the labor force, it is becoming ever more important to understand the unique challenges facing these workers and not be misled by the model minority stereotypes that have consistently downplayed the socioeconomic disparities rampant in these communities.

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