Unemployment by Race
The Black population, as Dubuque’s largest minority group, makes up 5% of the city’s population. Black people also rank among the top in unemployment rates with 16.9% in 2010. Latinos, the second largest minority group in Dubuque making up 2.4% of the population, also show high numbers in the unemployment category at 10.5%. Minority groups in general consistently had a higher rate of unemployment over the past three decades as compared to the White population (2010-5.5% unemployment).
FROM THE SURVEY:
- Most survey respondents (61.43%) felt that if they were to need employment assistance services, they would know where to find those services and they would be easy to access.
- One consistent theme from the survey was that respondents felt that there were not enough quality jobs in Dubuque. 45.63% of respondents do not believe there are enough quality jobs compared to 36.34% who believe there are enough quality jobs.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- One key theme heard from community members was that Dubuque is a closed network. Many felt that in order to get ahead or be part of the decision-making in our community, one needs to have the right connections. They felt that not knowing the right people put them at a disadvantage in certain opportunities, and that they could not participate in the decision-making in the community.