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Inequitable Job Growth Hurts San Francisco Latinos Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic

by Senior Analyst Ryan Fukumori One of the most tragic aspects of COVID-19 is how the pandemic has exacerbated existing racial and class disparities across the United States. Black and Latino communities nationwide have suffered the health and financial consequences of the pandemic, facing heightened rates of illness and death from the novel coronavirus as…

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Employers Who Can’t Fill Positions in San Francisco: MEDA Makes Free Connections to Qualified Jobseekers

“It’s a no-brainer: Nonprofit MEDA has almost 100 qualified jobseekers in our pipeline and there are employers needing workers right now. My job is to connect the dots,” explains Workforce Development Manager Miguel Velasco. This is a major shift from a year ago. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, the Latino and immigrant community…

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It’s All in the Family with MEDA’s Workforce Development Team

The Colocho family emigrated from El Salvador in 2018 to escape the rampant violence of their homeland, joining their father in the Mission District of San Francisco. Like all immigrants, they sought a better life, which translates to building generational wealth. That often starts with finding a good job as the pathway to a well-paying…

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