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Wisconsin’s state economy rife with racial inequity, study finds

Wisconsin had the highest disparities between its Black and white residents in both median annual household income and labor force participation rate, according to a new report. Adding one more log into a bonfire of evidence about racial inequity in Wisconsin, the state’s economy ranked last in racial equality among all 50 U.S. states, according to a new study of wealth and employment gaps between Black and white residents.

Only the District of Columbia ranking lower.

WalletHub — a personal finance website based in Washington, D.C. — assessed state-by-state disparities between white and Black residents using several measures of wealth and employment. These metrics included gaps in median annual household income, unemployment rate, labor force participation rate, homeownership rate, poverty rate, homeless rate, share of executives and share of unsheltered homeless. It used the most recently available data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development,

Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for WalletHub, said in an email to the Journal Sentinel that the analysis was conducted to “shed further light on discrepancies between whites and Blacks to support learning during this time of national unrest and the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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