ERIC Number: ED158902
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Alternatives to Unemployment Among Wisconsin Native Americans. UWEX Staff Paper in Rural and Community Development, Report CD No. 15.
Snipp, C. Matthew
The average unemployment level on Wisconsin Indian reservations is 39%. Across Wisconsin Indian communities, unemployment ranges from 20% to nearly 70%. A study of Indian unemployment in Wisconsin indicates that the employment level in Indian communities both on and off the reservation is affected by such conditions as the out-migration of Indians in the prime working ages of 25 to 45, the lack of accessability of local economic activity to Native Americans, and the match between the skill levels of the Native American labor force and the skill requirements of the labor market. Several policy implications stem from these findings: making reservation life more attractive to stem the outmigration of prime aged workers; expanding the Indian community's economic base to make employment opportunities more accessible to the Indian population and to help eliminate Indian reluctance to become involved in traditionally non-Indian dominated activities; "trickling down" aid through the larger community to help Indians; developing economic opportunities within the reservation; and upgrading the skills of Native Americans to make them more competitive in the labor market and to aid the Indian community's economic development. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Native Americans; Wisconsin