Twin Cities Has Highest Racial Gap Among Unemployed

The jobless rate for African Americans in the Twin Cities is reportedly 24 percent compared to just 6 percent for Caucasians, giving the region the widest racial disparity among the unemployed in urban areas throughout the country.

In the Twin Cities, African Americans are about four times as likely to be unemployed as Caucasians, giving the area the highest racial disparity in unemployment among the country's largest cities, according to a report by Minnesota Public Radio.

The Economic Policy Institute calculated the unemployment rate for Twin Cities African Americans to be about 24 percent compared to just 6 percent for whites, MPR said.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting a forum in Minneapolis to discuss solutions to this racial disparity.

The discussion, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, is open to the public; speakers include elected officials, minority business owners, and State Demographer Tom Gillaspy.

The Economic Policy Institute is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization that lobbies for the needs of low- and middle-income workers by conducting research and proposing public policies.