New Unemployment Disparity Report

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 MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 17, 2014) — The Minnesota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has released a new report, co-authored by students and professors from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, that examines the underlying causes of racial disparity in unemployment in Minnesota and recommendations for change.

The report encompasses perspectives from experts across various sectors, including business, government, community organizations, the faith community, and nonprofits, and highlights current trends that contribute to racial disparities, and ways to close unemployment gaps between blacks and whites in the region, which are amongst the worst in the nation.

The report follows two major reports that have been released in Minnesota in recent years to explore growing disparities between whites and people of color in Minnesota in income and employment. The first is a 2005 report by the Itasca Project and the Brookings Institute called “Mind the Gap,” and the second is a report that was released in 2011 by the Ramsey County Blue Ribbon Commission entitled, “Everybody In.”

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