A new report from the University of California, Berkeley, finds that a lot of the best places to work have been left out of the discussion.
The report, “Where do You Work: An In-Depth Look at Human Resources and Human Capital at UC Berkeley,” found that the city is ranked 49th in the country for human capital and only 15th in economic opportunity for the most disadvantaged people.
The city ranks second in the nation for job creation but only 17th in job growth for the bottom 80 percent of its population, the report says.
“The Berkeley experience is deeply unfair and has failed to deliver a livable wage for those who have been there,” said the report’s lead author, Daniel Grossman.
Grossman, a professor of economics at UC Berkley, has studied how the city’s business and government systems have historically ignored people with a low level of skill, including low-wage workers.
The study also found that Berkeley is ranked 41st in the world for economic diversity, which includes a higher percentage of Asian and Hispanic people and the poor.
The University of Chicago, in comparison, has the third-highest concentration of Asian, Hispanic and African American people, the study found.
Grossmann and the report authors also looked at how employers responded to their survey and found that “employers consistently and consistently, consistently, repeatedly ignored or undervalued the needs of low-income workers in their HR processes,” according to the report.
“Employers did not want to hire a person who lacked skills and abilities to support their business,” the report states.
Grosseman says that he believes that the Berkeley experience should not be considered as a “model” for the rest of the country, even though some other cities have been criticized for having a “labor shortage” and being perceived as “hostile” to small businesses.
Grosser says that his study showed that Berkeley “has been slow to address the issue of a low-skilled labor force.”
He added that he wants to see other cities do more to address this issue.
“I am concerned that we are doing little to address what we see as a labor shortage in the Berkeley region,” he said.
Grosserman, who is also the dean of the Graduate School of Business at UC Irvine, says that a large percentage of low income workers are not represented in the workforce at the city level, which makes it difficult for the city to meet its goal of a 10 percent increase in its workforce by 2025.
Grossmner says that the report is “a timely reminder of the need for policymakers to address labor shortages in the state of California.”
He adds that he is encouraged by the fact that Berkeley has been able to move forward with this study despite the “disappointing results.”
“The City of Berkeley has taken steps to address its labor shortage, and we are encouraged that its HR processes are now more responsive to the needs and preferences of our residents,” he added.
“We hope the findings will encourage other cities to do the same and begin to address our labor shortages.”
Grossman’s research was funded by the National Science Foundation.
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