Broadband and Employment: African Americans’ Use of the Internet in Job Search

Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Wednesday, November 9, 2013
9-11 am

In the wake of the Great Recession and subsequent recovery, policymakers continue to wrestle with the challenge of delivering jobs and opportunity to low-income communities across the country. Earlier this year, a report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies noted that unemployment among African Americans remained significantly higher than pre-recession levels and was nearly twice the jobless rate for the nation at large. Amid all this, there is great promise in broadband and mobile Internet technologies, which have already proven themselves as key drivers of economic and employment growth in many areas.

The Joint Center will hold an issue briefing and panel discussion surrounding its new report, Broadband and Jobs: African Americans Rely Heavily on Mobile Access and Social Networking in Job Search. This forum will tackle findings from our study, including African Americans' reliance on the Internet for seeking employment, the myriad ways in which broadband and mobile technologies assist with finding jobs, and how expanding Internet access and digital literacy training can provide all Americans with the tools they need to find work in today's economy.

Featured Speaker:

  • The Honorable Mignon Clyburn, Acting Chairwoman, Federal Communications Commission

Opening Remarks:

  • Ralph B. Everett, Esq., President & CEO, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

Panel Discussion:

  • John B. Horrigan, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Media and Technology Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
  • Chanelle P. Hardy, Esq., Senior Vice President for Policy & Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, National Urban League
  • Ramona Carlow, Vice President of Global Policy, AT&T
  • Zack Leverenz, Chief Executive Officer, Connect2Compete
  • Jason Llorenz, Director of Innovation Policy, Latino Information Network, Rutgers University