Employment Rate For Black Males In Milwaukee Only 45 percent
Only about 45-percent of working age black men in Metro Milwaukee had jobs in 2010. That’s according to a study of census data by UW-Milwaukee.
A report released yesterday showed that the area’s black male employment was 53-percent just before the 2008 recession hit. And in 1970, almost three-of-every-four black males age 16-to-64 had jobs – just 12-percentage points less than white men. Now, that racial gap is almost 33-percent, the largest in the country. And only Buffalo and Detroit had lower percentages of black males working than Milwaukee in 2010.
Marc Levine, head of the UWM Center for Economic Development, says the region has had a long, steady decline in manufacturing jobs over the last four decades. Also, the UW report blames what it calls “mass incarceration.”
It said around five-thousand working-age black males a year have been jailed or imprisoned in Milwaukee over the last decade – including a growing number of non-violent drug offenders. The report also blames inadequate transportation from the city to the suburbs, where factories have done better than in the city in recent years.
Percentage of Black working-age (16-64) males employed in forty selected cities:
St. Louis 51.3%
San Francisco 53.3%
New Orleans 53.5%
Las Vegas 54.2%
Los Angeles 54.8%
Kansas City 55.1%
San Diego 57.1%
New York 57.4%
Washington, D.C. 66.6%