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A Los Angeles Times analysis of the demographics and pay of construction workers

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By Ben Welsh

The Los Angeles Times conducted an analysis of federal data to evaluate the makeup and pay of construction work.

The analysis found that wages have been in decline nationwide for several decades. In LA County, this has coincided with a shift to a workforce made up overwhelmingly of Latinos, which leads a nationwide trend in the industry toward employing more Latino workers.

Those results were published in the April 20, 2017 story "Immigrants flooded California construction. Worker pay sank. Here’s why".

Reproduce The Times' analysis by running the Python code in analysis.ipynb. The story cities other studies by UCLA, and other sources that are not reproduced here.