The disruption of the future of work in cities: mayors debate

Chuck Burton / AP

The proportion of the population employed in jobs that require low or minimal computer skills has shrunk from more than half in 2002 to just about 30% last year, per a recent Brookings report. (The report indexes who is unemployed in the largest 130 cities and counties in the county, or about 48% of the population in the U.S.)

Today in New Orleans, a panel convened by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and moderated by Amy Liu, Vice President and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, discussed the issue:

  • That digital divide isn't even: Right now, "black and Hispanic Americans are disproportionately employed in places that require less digital skills," according to Liu.
  • Put that in perspective with Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of Policy Link: "by 2044 the majority of people in the country will be people of color...since the summer of 2012 the majority of all babies have been of color" in the U.S.