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NEW! The State of Black Milwaukee in National Perspective: Racial Inequality in the Nation’s 50 Largest Metropolitan Areas. In 65 Charts and Tables.

In 65 charts and tables, this study examines how Black communities in the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas fare on measures such as residential segregation; income, poverty, and intergenerational economic mobility; employment and earnings; the racial composition of private-sector economic decision-makers; mass incarceration; educational attainment; school segregation; and health care outcomes.

NEW! The AALAM/UWMCED Index of African American Well-Being in the Nation’s Largest Metropolitan Areas

This report, prepared for the African American Leadership Alliance MKE (AALAM), presents an index of African American community well-being in Milwaukee and the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan areas.

Libraries Spotlight on UWM COVID-19 Research

As UWM’s faculty and staff adapted to the closure of campus at mid-semester and continued to teach courses online, they also persisted with their research, which for some became the COVID-19 pandemic itself.

Milwaukee’s Coronavirus Racial Divide: A Report on the Early Stages of COVID-19 Spread in Milwaukee County

Like many other densely populated urban areas, Milwaukee is experiencing a surge of reported COVID-19 cases. On March 12 there was only one confirmed case in Milwaukee County. By April 8 there were 1,425 confirmed cases and 67 deaths. Examining deaths and confirmed cases through April 8, this study finds that stark inequalities are emerging along racial and economic lines. Areas of the county that are predominantly African American are experiencing disproportionately high numbers of reported cases and concentrations of coronavirus clusters, while areas that are predominantly white and higher income are reporting fewer cases and very small numbers of virus clusters. Most important, African Americans who have contracted the virus are developing life-threatening complications at a rate much higher than whites.

Residents in Wisconsin Still Waiting for President Trump’s ‘Blue-Collar Boom’

“The controversial Foxconn project was supposed to generate 13,000 manufacturing jobs, but three years later, residents are not sure if the jobs will come.” – Corky Siemaszko

Water Needs Assessment: Pathways to Employment in a Water Centric City

The Water Needs Assessment examines current and future conditions of the water workforce in the Metro Milwaukee Area, focusing on employment opportunities provided by water-related agencies and industries for individuals from economically disadvantaged communities.

Think universities are making lots of money from inventions? Think again.

Some institutions are working to improve weak returns from licensing and patents.

Where’s the Diversity in Milwaukee’s Creative Industry?

A project to foster diversity among Milwaukee’s creative professionals starts with a hard look at the whiteness of those fields.

Diversity in the Creative Occupations of Greater Milwaukee: A Labor Market Analysis

Milwaukee has been, for decades, one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the United States, a place where racial inequality is entrenched and pervasive. These disparities are particularly pronounced in the region’s labor market, where racial gaps in employment, earnings, and mobility are among the widest in the nation. This study presents the first systematic overview of racial disparities in a part of Milwaukee’s labor market that has attracted increased attention in recent years: occupations in the “creative sector.”

Milwaukee 53206: The Anatomy of Concentrated Disadvantage

In this study entitled, “Milwaukee 53206: The Anatomy of Concentrated Disadvantage In an Inner City Neighborhood 2000-2017,” Marc V. Levine presents a comprehensive analysis of what we call the “enduring ecosystem of disadvantage” in Milwaukee 53206, taking stock of current social and economic conditions as well as trends in the neighborhood over the past two decades and beyond.