Community Facts

10
10% of South LA Promise Zone residents were unemployed in 2021, compared to 8% of residents across LA City and 7% of residents across LA County.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


169000
169,000 South LA Promise Zone residents are of working age (between the ages of 15 and 64).

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


54
54% of South LA Promise Zone residents were living below 200% of the Federal Poverty Threshold in 2021, down from 72% of residents in 2014.

Source: American Community Survey 5-year estimates


16
16% of South LA Promise Zone residents over the age of 25 have a bachelor’s degree, less than half the citywide rate.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


5
5% of South LA Promise Zone residents over the age of 25 have an associate’s degree compared to 6% of residents citywide.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


41
41% of South LA Promise Zone residents over the age of 25 don’t have a high school diploma, nearly double the citywide rate.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


24700
The median wage for a South LA Promise Zone resident is $24,700 per year compared to the citywide median wage of $35,700 per year.

Source: 2021 American Community Survey 5-year estimates


About

Background

At SLATE-Z, we address poverty and move South Los Angeles residents to economic opportunity by focusing on two sources of wealth building: living wage jobs and small business & entrepreneurship.

As our nation enters the new climate resilient economy, SLATE-Z works to ensure that South Los Angeles residents are trained/prepared for the economic opportunities ahead and that the high-quality jobs that will result from these investments are ones that can foster economic opportunity, stability, and mobility for South Los Angeles families.

SLATE-Z’s Jobs efforts are interrelated with its other levers of change: transit, education, public safety, and small business and entrepreneurship.

Goals

Move South Los Angeles residents into 10,000 living wage jobs

Activities
  • Build, strengthen, and institutionalize sector pathways in Green Jobs, Transportation, Early Care/Education, and BioTech
  • Increase pipeline opportunities for targeted local hire programs, including pre-civil service sector and local hire for nonprofits
  • Strengthen the capacity of workforce development systems to help serve vulnerable populations

Projects & Initiatives

Local Hire for Lucas Museum Construction

Since breaking ground on the museum’s 11-acre campus in Exposition Park in March 2018, the privately-funded project has employed 1,477 construction workers throughout various phases of construction. The project has partnered on recruitment efforts with SLATE-Z to ensure that jobs are going to South Los Angeles residents.

Community Economic Resilience Fund (CERF)

CERF was created to promote a sustainable and equitable recovery from the economic distress of COVID-19 by supporting new plans and strategies to diversify local economies and develop sustainable industries that create high-quality, broadly accessible jobs for all Californians. The Los Angeles Coalition of CERF, over 200 organizations including SLATE-Z, will prioritize accessible, high-quality jobs in sustainable industries.

Foster Youth Resource Fair

To support the approximately 50 youth in foster care who were both connected to the SLATE-Z area and would be aging out of the system by the end of 2021, SLATE-Z’s Foster Youth Subcommittee hosted a resource fair held on the campus of Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC). The event brought together workforce development, housing, legal assistance, and other resources to South Los Angeles foster youth. 

Measuring Need & Success

Explore key takeaways  in Jobs data, browse the featured dataset, and see  all the data and sources being used to measure need and success in this lever of change.

Key Takeaways

Job Placements
8905
workers were placed in jobs in the South LA Promise Zone between January 2016 and June 2023
Youth Work Experience Placements
5262
HireLA Youth participants were enrolled in subsidized work experience opportunities between January 2016 and June 2023

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Source:

WIOA Adult, WIOA Dislocated Workers, WIOA Youth, and HireLA Youth data is tracked and reported in the CalJOBS platform.  Data for the SLATE-Z area is provided by the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development Department (EWDD).

Definitions:

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation’s public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.

 WIOA was signed into law on July 22, 2014. WIOA is designed to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Congress passed the Act with a wide bipartisan majority; it is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system since 1998.” (U.S. Department of Labor)

Youth Placements: WIOA customers ages 16-24 that recorded employment as an outcome at program exit or closure

Adult/Dislocated Worker PlacementsWIOA customers ages 18 and over that have recorded employment as an outcome at program exit or closure

Youth Work Experience EnrollmentsHireLA Youth participants enrolled in subsidized work experience opportunities