Today, Colorado Center on Law and Policy (CCLP) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Bethany Pray provided testimony for Senate Bill 24-093, Continuity of Health-Care Coverage Change. CCLP is in support of SB24-093.
CCLP Policy Fellow, Milena Castañeda testified at the Medical Services Board meeting regarding emergency rules for the NEMT.
Chaer Robert provided testimony against House Bill 24-1065, Reduction of State Income Taxes. CCLP is in opposition of HB24-1065.
Talent Equity Agenda is a roadmap to promote equity in Colorado’s top jobs
Each year, the Colorado Department of Labor, the Colorado Department of Higher Education, the Colorado Department of Education, and the Colorado Workforce Development Council release a Talent Pipeline report that identifies areas of opportunity and demand in Colorado’s labor market and highlights outcomes of certain statewide workforce development programs. The report also identifies occupations in Colorado that it considers to be “top jobs,” or those that meet three criteria: a projected high number of net annual openings (greater than 40); an above average projected growth rate over the next 10 years (greater than 10%); and an hourly wage above $31.19 per hour for Tier 1 top jobs or above $16.35 for Tier 2 top jobs. Based on these factors, the report identifies 77 top jobs at Tier 1 and 122 top jobs at Tier 2 in Colorado for 2021.
Not only will our state need more workers to fill these occupations over the next ten years, they are also jobs that pay a wage that could support a family of three (one working adult, one non-working adult, and one child) if Tier 1 or a single individual if Tier 2 according to the Talent Pipeline report.[i] In other words, these are jobs that allow Colorado’s workforce to support themselves and their families.
The report identifies these occupations in order to help job seekers understand the skills and qualifications they will need to find a job that is well paying and is in demand among employers. We can also use these top jobs to understand who in Colorado currently works in one. Using the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, we estimate that 14.9% of employed Coloradans worked in a Tier 1 top job, while 14.6% worked in a Tier 2 top job in 2019.[ii] In this blog post, we will dive deeper into the racial and ethnic distribution of Coloradans across different occupations, including those that fall into Tier 1 or Tier 2 top job categories.
We believe this data shows that Colorado must focus on creating equitable education and workforce development systems, particularly as we contemplate how best to use federal recovery dollars that have flowed into the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Colorado Workforce Development Council has already identified a number of areas where it can support equity in its Talent Equity Agenda. As we show in our latest issue brief, the racial and ethnic distribution of Coloradans is not equal. White Coloradans are disproportionately more likely to hold a Tier 1 top job than other racial and ethnic groups in the state. Implementing and building on the recommendations in the Talent Equity Agenda will be essential to ensure that any Coloradan, regardless of their race or ethnicity, is able to pursue and obtain the job they desire.
Read CCLP’s full Issue Brief on Race Equity in Colorado’s Talent Pipeline in our resources library.
[i] McKennie, Caitlin. 2021 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report. Colorado Workforce Development Council (2021). Accessed from https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BT7nWA5mVA3qjmR92WKUMyeoRJAF8o6T/view on 8 February 2022.