Governor’s Task Force on Minority Unemployment holds first meeting

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MILWAUKEE -- A state task force met for the first time Wednesday, April 25th to try to fix a serious problem in Milwaukee: minority unemployment.

The Governor's Task Force on Minority Unemployment held their inaugural meeting Wednesday morning.

The task force was created by Governor Scott Walker and is co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefish and Representative Elizabeth Coggs.

The task force's biggest concern is that 44.7 percent of minority men in the metro-Milwaukee area are unemployed.

"This is not something that happened overnight. It's not something that we propose will be fixed overnight, but it is something that must be fixed and we hope that the folks in this room are going to have the ideas to fix it," Kleefisch said.

The task force plans to have more public meetings before bringing their discoveries to Walker's Council on Workforce Investment.