State of Working Wisconsin
For more than two decades, the State of Working Wisconsin has presented the workers’ perspective on the economy in the state: who is winning, and who is being left out; where is disparity growing; and what’s happening to the economic chasm separating Black and white workers in the state.
Women and people of color face unique barriers in "nontraditional” jobs. How do we make these industries more open and inclusive?
Wisconsin has the regrettable distinction of ranking among the worst states in the nation for racial inequality.
COWS in the News
The number of available Wisconsin workers remains small as people leave the labor force. Interview with Laura Dresser by Erik Gunn in November 19, 2021, Wisconsin Examiner.November 19, 2021
Black Wisconsinites were nearly twice as likely as their white peers to not have health insurance, according to “Wisconsin’s Extreme Racial Disparity,” a 2017 report from COWS.November 16, 2021
“The pandemic really exacerbated and exposed some underlying issues in these labor markets, and those are issues relating to low wage jobs and gender inequality in the way we think about the distribution of care …October 22, 2021