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Today we highlight our latest examination of Wisconsin’s overwhelmed unemployment insurance system, which has left thousands of people without income during the economically devastating pandemic.
Bram Sable-Smith, a WPR fellow embedded in the Wisconsin Watch newsroom, reports on national research showing that jobless Black and Latino workers have historically proved less likely than white workers to receive unemployment aid. Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development says it does not have race, gender, age or income reports available.
Some experts say Wisconsin — home to some of the country’s most severe racial disparities in education, public health, housing and criminal justice — should track whether its workforce agency equitably distributes unemployment during the economic crisis.
Brown County’s Latino community ‘terrorized’ by coronavirus, and the numbers show why — Green Bay Press Gazette
Surge of Wisconsin COVID-19 cases in young adults concerns officials — Wisconsin State Journal
Don’t expect a face mask requirement or statewide bar closures in Wisconsin, here’s why — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Municipalities brace for tough 2021 budget planning due to COVID-19 impact — Beloit Daily News
Data to note
A month after Gov. Tony Evers’ 60-day moratorium on evictions expired, 24,000-plus people are waiting for state rental assistance in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington counties, according to Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (NNS).
The Social Development Commission, which administers the program for the counties, says it is returning calls on a “first come-first serve basis,” Princess Safiya Byers of NNS reported. Many have yet to hear back.
The commission received $6.7 million through the Wisconsin Rent Assistance Program — a $25 million statewide program funded by Congress’ pandemic stimulus legislation.
Meanwhile, here is the latest visualization of Wisconsin’s recent increase on COVID-19 cases from our partners at WisContext.
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Pandemic leads Girls on the Run to change strategy for keeping youth active this summer — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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