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UCLA study documents lack of economic progress in South L.A. over the past 50 years

Center for Neighborhood Knowledge researchers cite inequities in wages, housing, education and transportation

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In the past half-century, South Los Angeles has experienced little economic progress, according to a new study by the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, part of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

In 1960, South L.A. workers made 80 cents on the dollar compared to the average wage for all Los Angeles County workers. Since then, that gap has widened. Today, the average salary for a full-time, year-round worker there is just 60 percent of the county average. 

“This report is a sobering snapshot of the inequalities that have persisted in South Los Angeles,” said Paul Ong, director of the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge.

In addition to earnings, the study also documents inequities in housing, transportation and education. 

Read the full news release, which includes a link to the Center for Neighborhood Knowledge’s report.

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