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UW-Milwaukee - Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development is a central part of the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee's mission to apply university-based research and technical expertise to improve the quality of life in our region.

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CED in the News

Wisconsin tops nation in black joblessness, study findsMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

Hey, Governors: You Didn't Build ThatPOLITICO Magazine

There's more to this fish storyMilwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sex and the single perch: Saving a species
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Why the Predicted Revival of Milwaukee's Poorest Zip Code Hasn't Happened
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio

Low-wage jobs grew fastest in Wisconsin since 2000, new study says
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Ferguson Resulted From Republican Talking Points That Ignore the Economic Segregation of Blacks in America
Huffington Post

WMC head, UWM professor discuss Wisconsin job creationWisBusiness

Walker jobs promise appears out of reachWISN12

Monthly Employment Watch

Monthly Employment Watch Series Discontinued

snapshotData Snapshots

The Economic Challenges Facing Milwaukee's Inner City, ( PowerPoint 70kb, pdf 59kb )

Research Publications

New! Public Transit and Access to Jobs in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area, 2001-2014, January 2015, by Joel Rast
Full Report (pdf - 2.3mb)

New! Zipcode 53206: A Statistical Snapshot of Inner City Distress in Milwaukee: 2000-2012, November 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 592kb)

New! Is Wisconsin Becoming a Low-Wage Economy?, October 2014,
by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 418kb)

Nine Charts on Recent Trends in Employment Growth in Wisconsin, September 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

The Lag Continues: Comparing Employment Growth in Wisconsin, the Midwest, and the Nation Over the Past Decade: December 2002-2013 (Q4), June 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1.1 mb)

Gauging Employment Growth in Wisconsin: State-By-State Comparisons, March 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

How Does Employment Growth in Wisconsin Compare to Other States Over the Past Decade?, January 2014, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

The State of Black Owned Businesses in Milwaukee, September 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 1 mb)

Perspectives on the Current State Of the Milwaukee Economy, July 2013, by Marc V. Levine
Full Report (pdf - 8 mb)

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