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New analysis from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) puts a spotlight on a vulnerable subgroup of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Economist Julie Cai examines the role of low-income, less-educated AAPI women and their workplace status as the economy recovers amid pandemic-fueled anti-Asian violence.

Recent data from 2022 show unemployed female AAPI workers are less likely to transition into a job, compared to other unemployed workers. This may imply some employment discrimination. 

Within AAPI subgroups, over 30 percent of Asian women with less than a college degree work in low-wage jobs in the personal care and service or food service occupations. Thus, Asian women have a high poverty rate compared to other AAPI women without a college degree.

“As the economy recovers, it is crucial to have policies that will lay the cornerstone for an inclusive post-pandemic economy,” says Cai. “Service sector occupations should offer better paying jobs with greater security and better scheduling provisions.”