Our Markets

Opportunity@Work’s talent matching platform, Stellarworx, is open to STARs, employers, and talent developers across the country. Stellarworx is a “one-stop-shop” that brings these groups together and removes barriers and risks in the hiring process for STARs.

In addition to making Stellarworx available nationally, Opportunity@Work is accelerating the movement to hire STARs by working with employers, talent developers, and other workforce leaders in a growing number of regions.

By supporting existing efforts and championing new ones, we aim to serve as a catalyst for greater inclusion of STARs in regional talent ecosystems. Because every region has unique needs, we offer multiple solutions designed to help organizations of all types and sizes connect to the skilled and diverse talent in their local market. Learn more about these efforts below.

San Francisco Bay Area

The SF Bay Area is home to 1.4 million STARs. They are disproportionately Black and Hispanic.

The SF Bay Area economy is growing rapidly, but STARs are concentrated in low-wage industries and have seen their wages stagnate over the past 15 years. 

With our roots in connecting overlooked communities with tech jobs, the Bay Area is our most mature Stellarworx market and we continue to unlock opportunities within tech, healthcare, and business communities.

>>Accelerate hiring in the SF Bay Area

Greater Los Angeles Area

The greater LA Area is home to 2.7 million STARs. In South Los Angeles, approximately 60% of both Black and Latinx/Hispanic workers are STARs. 

Stellarworx is an online STARs talent marketplace that has been active in the region since 2020, making it easier for employers in tech, business, entertainment and other key industries to find, vet and hire local STARs.

>> Accelerate hiring in the Greater LA Area

DC-MD-VA Region (DMV)

The DMV region is home to 1.1 million STARs. STARs make 37% of the DMV regional labor market and are disproportionately Black. 

The DMV region is unique, as workers are concentrated in higher-wage occupations. Many STARs have also managed to find a footing in gateway occupations like computer & math fields, education, and protective service. However, only 36% of STARs are in jobs that pay more than median wage.

>> Accelerate hiring in the DMV region



Greater Houston

The more than 1.6 million STARs in the Houston metro area represent a massive pool of untapped talent for employers, comprising 50% of the working-age population. Wage equity between STARs and workers with a bachelor’s degree is lower in Houston than the national average, but many of the area’s largest employers are in industries with an abundance of Gateway Jobs: roles that don’t require a bachelor’s degree but that open the door to higher-paying jobs.

Opportunity@Work and the Greater Houston Partnership’s UpSkill Houston joined forces in 2022 to accelerate the ongoing work of organizations in the region to close talent gaps for employers and to support career mobility for STARs

>> Accelerate hiring in Greater Houston

Get started with STARs

Ready to hire or create more opportunities for STARs in your region? Head over to Stellarworx, the STARs talent matching platform, to learn more or take action.

>> See Stellarworx

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