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New study: Milwaukee's Hispanic population growing, but equity gap continues

New study: Milwaukee’s Hispanic population growing, but equity gap continues

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee's Hispanic population plays an important role in the local economy, but a new study also reveals they're underrepresented in the workforce.

Community leaders, business owners, and students gathered at Bader Philanthropies on the city’s north side for a panel discussion on the study.

There are two main findings in the report, 'Upward Mobility': 1.) The Hispanic population is growing rapidly, but is currently underrepresented in high-wage occupations. 2.) The educational attainment of young Hispanics in Milwaukee is not putting them on the track to solve the problem.

The research was commissioned by the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. “Looking at making sure that people of color and communities of color are succeeding and representing the seats at the table where we need them to for the progression,” said Griselda Aldrete, president and CEO.

The study, conducted by the Wisconsin Policy Forum, gathered data from Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties.

"I think it's eye-opening," said Alberto Maldonado, director of Roberto Hernandez Center at UWM. "It's also encouraging, not just for the work I do personally at the university, but for all the institutions highlighted in the report."

You can view the full report, here: https://bit.ly/2Vgt6AV

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