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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.

Public Transit and Access to Jobs

This study examines the effectiveness of Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus routes 6 and 61 in providing access to suburban job locations for residents of inner-city Milwaukee neighborhoods. The two routes provide the only bus service between inner-city areas of Milwaukee and job centers in the Waukesha and Washington county suburbs, yet there are no plans to continue operating these routes beyond 2018.

How Wisconsin is trying to head off a major worker shortage

PBS’s Economics Correspondent Paul Solman reports on the labor shortage in Wisconsin and what employers are doing to fill needed positions. The article begins: “In Wisconsin, ‘Help Wanted’ is on virtually every restaurant window, store front and city bus. With… Read More

Inside the Mind of White America

The concept of there being “two Americas” is almost as old as the nation itself. That divide has been economic but also racial, with minorities claiming a disproportionately small share of the nation’s substantial wealth. Amid the current backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and increasing wealth disparity, Clive Myrie from the BBC’s This Week’s World delves into what white Americans understand–or don’t–about race.

Watershed Study Analyzes State of Milwaukee’s Latino Community

It probably comes as no surprise to hear that the Latino population in the Milwaukee area is skyrocketing. But for that basic statistic, the issues facing the Latino community in particular have been under-studied. That’s all changed with the release of a watershed study. Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait was commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and conducted by UWM’s Center for Economic Development.

Study details Latino impact on Metro Milwaukee

The population of Milwaukee would be shrinking if not for the growth of the Latino population, while Latino workers have accounted for all net growth in employment in the four-county area during the last 25 years. A new study commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation offers an unprecedented look at conditions in the Latino community and the trends that continue to shape the region.

Too Many Candles: Milwaukee Gun Violence

Gun-related violence in Milwaukee spiked in 2015. This documentary examines the response by law enforcement and elected officials to the rise in violent crime, and explores programs providing hope for a city working to empower communities to reverse systemic forces of poverty, incarceration and crime.

Milwaukee-area Latino population skyrockets

The population of Latinos in metropolitan Milwaukee increased 213% between 1990 and 2014, the overwhelming majority of whom were born in the United States, according to a new study released Thursday. The study, “Latino Milwaukee: A Statistical Portrait,” provides a comprehensive statistical look at metropolitan Milwaukee’s Latino community, from population growth and language use, to employment, income, education and business ownership. The study was conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development.