1/17/2014 Report: Minnesota’s employment gap between races is ‘intolerable’

Laura Yuen · St. Paul, Minn. · Jan 17, 2014

A new report calls Minnesota unemployment disparities between whites and people of color “intolerable.”

The report by the state’s advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights assesses the effect of high unemployment among Minnesota’s minority groups and offers solutions.

Nekima Levy-Pounds Tim Nelson/MPR News, file

University of St. Thomas law professor Nekima Levy-Pounds, who chaired the advisory group, said high unemployment among African-Americans and Native Americans is something all Minnesotans should care about, especially as the state’s workforce ages.

“One of the challenges is that folks who are retiring are well educated and middle class, and upper-middle class individuals,” she said. “And when we look at the current trends, we do not have enough laborers who are skilled to fill those positions.”

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