After the Storm: Houston’s Day Labor Markets in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

Nik Theodore


This report examines the employment conditions of informally employed construction workers in Houston. Through a survey of 361 day laborers that was conducted a few weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated the city, this report reveals how substandard conditions impact workers’ wages, as well as their health and safety on the job, and offers recommendations for improving working conditions during post-disaster recovery operations.

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