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News Report finds Multnomah County 'toxic' for minorities
Author: By the Associated Press
Posted: May 6, 2010

PORTLAND - A new report authored by faculty at Portland State University says Oregon's largest county is a "uniquely toxic place" for people of color.

Among its findings, the report says people of color earn less than $17,000 a year in Multnomah County compared with $33,000 for white workers.

In education, 30 percent of minorities drop out of high school compared with about 7 percent of whites.
The report will be presented to the Portland City Council today. The Oregonian reports the city spent $50,000 to help pay for the research. Multnomah County paid $100,000 and a coalition minority groups also contributed.