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Chicago’s Socioeconomic Well-Being

In Chicago, over 1.2 million people struggle with severe financial situations, this according to the most recent Social IMPACT Poverty Report. Over 45 percent of the entire population falls below 200 percent of the poverty rate, which for a single mother is $31,650 per year.  Research regarding true cost of living in Chicago suggests this [...]

By | 2014-07-01T10:30:29+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Comments Off on Chicago’s Socioeconomic Well-Being

DOL Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced three grant opportunities for non-profit organizations. In total the grants amount to more than $250 million for training and education for various target populations. Around $30 million will be available to help adults transition out of prison and back into the workforce; about $73 million for the YouthBuild [...]

By | 2014-02-26T14:15:46+00:00 February 26th, 2014|Comments Off on DOL Grant Opportunities

New report: More Illinois Working Mothers Are Low-Income

Nationwide, there are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers, and more than 160,000 of those are in Illinois according to a new report released by the Working Poor Families Project. The report utilizes recent data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and mentions that many factors keeping working mothers in poverty [...]

By | 2014-02-12T10:18:26+00:00 February 12th, 2014|Comments Off on New report: More Illinois Working Mothers Are Low-Income

High Unemployment and Lost Benefits Continue to Hurt Long-Term Jobseekers

December 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page. These rates indicate a slight improvement in unemployment in Chicago and Illinois compared to the previous months, and negligible overall improvement since last year. With continued economic struggles in Chicago and Illinois, the consistent failure of Congress to extend [...]

By | 2014-02-11T13:19:39+00:00 February 11th, 2014|Comments Off on High Unemployment and Lost Benefits Continue to Hurt Long-Term Jobseekers

1.9 Million Illinoisans Live in Poverty

The Social IMPACT Research Center released its annual Illinois Poverty Report on January 30, 2014. This report shows that 14.7% of Illinoisans, or nearly 1.9 million people, were living at or below the poverty line in 2012. The workforce development system must continue to meet the needs of these individuals struggling with economic security. For [...]

By | 2014-01-30T16:25:09+00:00 January 30th, 2014|Comments Off on 1.9 Million Illinoisans Live in Poverty

Lost Benefits for Unemployed Overshadows Decrease in Unemployment

November 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page. These rates indicate a slight improvement in unemployment in Chicago and Illinois compared to the previous months, but negligible overall improvement since last year. With continued economic struggles in Chicago and Illinois the recent end of unemployment insurance [...]

By | 2014-01-17T16:15:28+00:00 January 17th, 2014|Comments Off on Lost Benefits for Unemployed Overshadows Decrease in Unemployment

The Importance of Investing in Skills

According to the U.S. Census Bureau over 37 million adults lack a high school education. This is 12 percent of the entire U.S. population, and helps support recent studies of adult skills, which that the U.S. trails many other countries in “foundational skills” needed to promote thriving individuals and economies. Employers say basic job readiness skills, for example customer service [...]

By | 2014-01-15T15:00:56+00:00 January 15th, 2014|Comments Off on The Importance of Investing in Skills

Slight Decrease in Chicago Unemployment; Economic Concerns Remain

October 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page. These rates indicate a slight improvement in unemployment in Chicago and Illinois compared to the previous months, but negligible overall improvement since last year. Chicago’s unemployment rate of 9.9 percent is at the same level [...]

By | 2013-12-11T11:04:46+00:00 December 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Slight Decrease in Chicago Unemployment; Economic Concerns Remain

OECD Highlights Need for Investment in Skill Development

A recent report from the OECD, an international economic development organization, shows that 36 million adults in the U.S. have low-literacy skills, and highlights the need for action to address the consequences of low-literacy skills in the United States. The report explains the overall inequities that exist, for example that one-third of adults with low [...]

By | 2013-12-06T15:11:12+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Comments Off on OECD Highlights Need for Investment in Skill Development

Improving Outcomes by Sharing Best Practices

A new paper from the Workforce Benchmarking Network released this month shares lessons learned as groups of community-based, workforce service providers came together to analyze their workflows and identify new best practices.  After goals were set, technical assistance was provided to improve data analysis and qualitative assessment. In the end, a number of lessons were [...]

By | 2013-11-19T10:42:31+00:00 November 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Improving Outcomes by Sharing Best Practices