Press Release Gun Violence Prevention Inequality Jobs US

Reduce Economic Hardship and Reduce Gun Violence


02/08/2022 9:23am

Contact: KL Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Washington, DC — In states where Black households experience higher economic hardship, they also experience higher rates of gun violence. In a commentary released today, CEPR’s Algernon Austin proposes addressing the “profound jobs crisis among Black men” as a powerful tool to reduce gun violence, especially among those most affected — Black men.

“We also need to combat racial discrimination in the labor market, and raise the federal minimum wage.That’s not all that needs to be done, but it is a good place to start,” said Austin.

(A correction to the graph’s Y-axis removed the %. The correct rate is per 100,000, as updated at 11:50 am ET.)

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