Laura Dresser, Associate Director of COWS addressed delegates outlining the 2012 State of Working Wisconsin report. The State of Working Wisconsin is a biennial report which uses the best and most recent data available to help refine our understanding of exactly how economic trends are playing out in the state, and how the state is performing when compared to other states and the country as a whole.
The report draws on a wide variety of data sources to paint a comprehensive picture of Wisconsin’s economic reality.
Although the Great Recession officially ended three years ago, the report finds that too many Wisconsinites are waiting for an economic recovery strong enough to produce jobs, higher family income, and a growing sense of security.
Key findings from this year’s report include:
• Wisconsin still faces an enormous jobs deficit.
• Family income fell across the decade.
• Unemployment remains high.
• African American unemployment is worst in the nation.
• Families with kids in school are in greater financial distress.
For more information on the 2012 State of Working Wisconsin report visit the COWS website at http://www.cows.org/.