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The Wisconsin Policy Forum is a nonpartisan, independent statewide policy research organization with offices in Milwaukee and Madison. Our mission is to provide informed, nonpartisan analysis of critical policy issues affecting local governments, school districts, and the state of Wisconsin. Our research and facilitation activities encourage elected officials and community leaders to find effective, data-driven solutions to pressing policy challenges, and promote productive discussion among the public and private sectors.

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The coronavirus pandemic has precipitated public health and economic crises globally and in Wisconsin. While it is too early to gauge the full range of economic impacts, we analyzed employment data to assess the consequences of severe upheaval in certain hard-hit sectors of the state’s economy. We find workers in those sectors already earned relatively low wages, and certain parts of the state may see more severe impacts.

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