Monday, March 7, 2016

State of Milwaukee

So far, in connection with the post, "Silent Reflection for each of the Victims of Violence within an American City," and with it the chronicle of violent homicides within Milwaukee for the year 2015, a number of subjects have been addressed in detail that either impact or illustrate some aspect of the state of the city.

To date these have been -

A host of other topics are worth reviewing, and may be addressed in future posts. For now, however, all that is to be done is to list some of the possible subjects, one by one, along with a referenced image or two, where possible, highlighting each subject's significance as it relates to the health of the city.

In no particular order, some of these subjects are -
  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Employment
  • Job gap, job loss, redistribution of jobs
  • Segregated construction trades
  • Wages, job types, future jobs
  • Median household income, income inequality, metro income disparity
  • Public transportation, live vs. work
  • Deunionization
  • Drivers license disparities
  • Milwaukee municipal court fines
  • Milwaukee zip code 53206
  • Foreclosures
  • Education
  • Lead poisoning
  • Socioeconomic analysis
  • Crime in general


The following image relating to the subject of poverty is taken from a July, 2014, draft report by the City of Milwaukee, titled, Growing Prosperity (http://media.jrn.com/documents/growing-prosperity-draft-7-2-14.pdf):
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The following 2 images relating to the subject of unemployment are taken from a 2012 working paper by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Race and Male Employment in the Wake of the Great Recession (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/black-employment_2012.pdf):
(Census tracts where working age male unemployment exceeds 50%.)
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(Census tracts where working age male unemployment exceeds 50%, Nov., 2011.)
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The following image relating to the subject of employment is taken from a July, 2013, report by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Perspectives on the Current State of the Milwaukee Economy (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/perspectives.pdf):
(Metro area totals.)
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The following image relating to the subject of job gap, job loss, redistribution of jobs is taken from a February, 2013, working paper by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, The Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/skillsgap_2013-2.pdf):
(In 2010, about 1/4 of all bartenders and retail salespersons had college degrees.)
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The following image relating to the subject of segregated construction trades is taken from a 2014 working paper by the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute, titled, A "Milwaukee Plan" for Construction Trade Apprenticeships? Workforce Challenges for 2014 (https://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2014/MilwaukeePlan.pdf):
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The following image relating to the subject of wages, job types, future jobs is taken from an October, 2014 working paper by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Is Wisconsin Becoming a Low Wage Economy? (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/low-wage-wisconsin.pdf):
(Listed occupations reflect those with the most projected new job openings, as opposed to replacement.
Red highlights indicate wages less than $12.50 per hour.)
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The following image relating to the subject of median household income, income inequality, metro income disparity is taken from a July, 2013, report by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Perspectives on the Current State of the Milwaukee Economy (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/perspectives.pdf):
(HH - household.)
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The following 2 images relating to the subject of public transportation, live vs. work are taken from a 2013 report by the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, titled, Getting to Work: Opportunities and obstacles to improving transit service to suburban Milwaukee job hubs (http://publicpolicyforum.org/sites/default/files/GettingToWork.pdf):
(All are bus routes, and relatively few of them are express.)
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The following images relating to the subject of deunionization are taken from a February, 2016, report by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Deunionization in Wisconsin and Metro Milwaukee: A Statistical Overview (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/reports/deunionization-of-wisconsin.pdf):
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The following images relating to the subject of drivers license disparities are taken from two separate reports by the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute. The first, titled, Drivers Status Report for Milwaukee County (http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2012/DriversStatusReport.pdf), is from 2012; the second, titled Cited in Milwaukee, the Cost of Unpaid Municipal Citations (http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2015/CitedInMilwaukee.pdf), co-authored with the Justice Initiatives Institute, is from June, 2015:
(Only includes people within WI-DOT system.
Sus/rev - Suspensions / revocations.)
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(This graphic is in connection with following item, Milw. Municipal Court.
OWI - operating while intoxicated.)
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The following images relating to the subject of Milwaukee municipal court fines are taken from a June, 2015 report by the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute, co-authored with the Justice Initiatives Institute, titled, Cited in Milwaukee, the Cost of Unpaid Municipal Citations (http://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2015/CitedInMilwaukee.pdf):
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The following images relating to the subject of Milwaukee zip code 53206 are taken from two separate reports. The first is taken from a 2014 paper by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Zip Code 53206: A Statistical Snapshot of Inner City Distress in Milwaukee: 2000-2012 (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/53206_revised.pdf). The second is taken from a 2014 paper by the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute, titled, 12 to 1 Income Inequality Among Working Families in Milwaukee County (https://www4.uwm.edu/eti/2014/IncomeInequality.pdf):
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(Disparity between this 2012 figure of $20,260 and previous one of $22,962 is unexplained at present; possibly a different data set has been used.
See map below for zip code locations.)
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The following image relating to the subject of foreclosures is taken from the City of Milwaukee "Map Milwaukee Portal" (http://city.milwaukee.gov/mapmilwaukee#.VYl28EbQOh5). Click on Strong Neighborhoods Plan tab for details:
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The following image relating to the subject of education is taken from a 2014 paper by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development, titled, Zip Code 53206: A Statistical Snapshot of Inner City Distress in Milwaukee: 2000-2012 (http://www4.uwm.edu/ced/publications/53206_revised.pdf):
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The following image relating to the subject of lead poisoning is taken from a 2013 report by the Center for Urban Population Health, titled, Milwaukee Health Report 2013, Health Disparities in Milwaukee by Socioeconomic Status (https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/245382977?access_key=key-o5LicwFI00dqRY6xKRGD&allow_share=false&escape=false&show_recommendations=false&view_mode=scroll):
(City zip codes were sorted into 3 SES groups, Lower, Middle, Higher; see following item.
 SES - Socioeconomic Status)
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The following images relating to the subject of socioeconomic analysis are taken from a 2013 report by the Center for Urban Population Health, titled, Milwaukee Health Report 2013, Health Disparities in Milwaukee by Socioeconomic Status (https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/245382977?access_key=key-o5LicwFI00dqRY6xKRGD&allow_share=false&escape=false&show_recommendations=false&view_mode=scroll):
(Review of Milwaukee County zip codes that are at least partially within the City of Milwaukee, which is outlined in black.)
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(SES Index is a measure of household income and education level within each zip code.
City zip codes sorted into 3 roughly even groups.)

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