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Reducing Disparities


One of the biggest challenges facing Hennepin County is the structural racism that is facing our black, latino, Asian, East African and Native communities. We cannot have a County that works for only some residents, but for everyone. Since 2014 County unemployment rates for African American and latinx populations has declined, but far too many disparities remain in unemployment, underemployment and labor force participation.


  • Removing barriers to entry from employment requirements

  • Providing tuition free pathways and scholarships for residents seeking higher education, accreditation, and job training

  • Working with private employers to replicate this Pathways model across healthcare, finance, IT, construction and manufacturing sectors

  • Community based-development grounded in under-resourced parts of our Community

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