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In wake of recent unrest, Milwaukee leaders point to construction industry as avenue for economic success

A city of Milwaukee employee cleans up the gutted Jet Beauty Supply, which was destroyed by fire and looting, on Aug. 14 on Milwaukee’s north side. The construction industry can provide good-paying jobs for those who are willing to put in the work. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

After long pent-up frustration led to the destruction of several buildings on Milwaukee’s north side, city officials were suggesting residents might turn to construction to at least find part of a way out of the poverty and despair endured by many in the area.

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Report: Milwaukee resident-hiring program could better promote sustainable jobs

A construction worker inspects safety cables atop the Northwestern Mutual Tower project on April 14 in Milwaukee. A report issued Monday by the Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum found that more could be done to employ local workers on projects like the one at Northwestern Mutual. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A Milwaukee program that aims to connect unemployed or underemployed residents with construction work is not doing enough to lead many of its participants to lasting careers in the industry, argues a new study from a nonprofit organization.

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