African Americans and Latinos Losing Economic Ground in Milwaukee County and Nationwide
Milwaukee County Supervisor Khalif Rainey issued a statement following the release of the "State of Black America" report.
Milwaukee County Supervisor Khalif Rainey issued a statement following the release of the “State of Black America” report by the National Urban League:
“The National Urban League’s release of its annual report called ‘One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America’ noted that the underemployment rate for African-American workers was 20.5 percent, compared with 18.4 percent for Latino workers and 11.8 percent for white workers.
“This is not groundbreaking news, particularly in Milwaukee County, where unemployment and under-employment rates are even higher than the national average for Blacks and Latinos, and have been historically.
“This situation is unacceptable, especially in our inner city. While the Milwaukee County Board passed a living wage ordinance, it only affects employees of contractors who do business with the County. We need to find a way not only to increase the minimum wage but to create good-paying, family-supporting jobs throughout Milwaukee County, especially in our African American and Latino communities. Under-employed people who work full time should not be forced to live in poverty.
“I will continue to work with my colleagues to create solutions to remedy this all-to-real and disturbing trend.”
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