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Economic Hardship in the City of Chicago


The map to the right displays socioeconomic hardship levels across Chicago neighborhoods (darker shading equals higher levels of hardship). Visit the interactive map which provides neighborhood poverty rates, unemployment rates, educational attainment rates, and other indicators of well-being. The data was made available from the City of Chicago in January 2012 via the new Data Portal. It is five-year estimates (2007-2011) stemming from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Visit the following link for a full description of the data.

Finding Local U.S. Census Data


The U.S. Census Bureau provides the American FactFinder, a resource for finding demographic, economic, social, housing and other pertinent information for over 7,000 different geographic areas nationwide.  Information is available from the wide range of Census Bureau’s datasets.

For more information about the FactFinder, as well as instructions for using it, read the WIRE’s Factfinder Guide.

Illinois Community Profiles

CJC staff tracks local workforce and economic development information in partner communities around Illinois and summarizes the information into profiles for use in local policy and planning discussions.

CJC staff tracks local workforce and economic development information in partner communities around Illinois and summarizes the information into profiles for use in local policy and planning discussions.

Available Community Profiles:
Aurora (2012)
Chicago – South Suburbs (2011)
Decatur (2013)
Rockford (2013)
Springfield (2011)

Each profile focuses primarily on the city or region, while including some broader information regarding the Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA).  All profiles  include:

  • Characteristics of the community’s labor market (top jobs, industry growth, projections, etc.)
  • Local Workforce Investment Area (LWIA) information (allocation totals, contractors, etc.)
  • Descriptions and contact information for key organizations, programs, and leaders in the community. However, some information in each profile is provided for the LWIA as a whole.  Some LWIAs are made up of either a county, or counties.  For clarity, these counties are also listed.

Looking for more information on funding streams in your community? Check out our workforce development system page. This page provides more in-depth tracking of federal, state, and local funding streams for workforce development programs.  Follow grants for JTED, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs and more.