ACS Poverty Data Shows Increase in Household Income, Decrease in Poverty

Earlier this month, the US Census Bureau released the collected data from their American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS results present yearly data on poverty & wage earnings in the United States, as well as localized information for cities and metro areas. This year, the ACS data reports that for 2015, across the board, household [...]

7 Takeaways From the 2014 Poverty Report

Last month the U.S Census Bureau released a new report on the income and poverty in the United States, as well as information on other important health and income trends. Here's what you need to know: There is strong evidence that health reform is dramatically reducing the ranks of uninsured individual—2014 is the largest single-year [...]

New Transitional Jobs Research On the Way

Large-scale subsidized employment strategies have been around in the United States for the better part of a century. The Works Progress Administration and other New Deal programs were the first, employing millions of Americans during the Great Depression. Where New Deal programs were designed to counter high unemployment levels on a large scale, most of [...]

Data Abounds in Chicago, and More is Coming

Illinois is a leader in open data. The city of Chicago has a robust and well-maintained data portal with nearly 1,000 data sets regarding everything from Condom Distribution Sites to High School Progress Reports. We've recently included a few of these lists that may be interesting to service providers on the WIRE's Additional Information page. The full list includes: Resources Affordable [...]

Getting Local With Affordable Housing Data

In Chicago's 24th ward, largely covering the North Lawndale neighborhood, 73.7% of renting households spend over 30% of their income on rent. That figure, from 2010, used to be 29.0% in 2000. (This compares to 52.6% statewide in the same period.((U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey))) This is one topic covered by the Housing Fact [...]

Putting Data to Use (Input Welcome!)

In June, we wrote that data can be beautiful. But we know that organizations often lack the tools to visualize data easily, and the WIRE can help. In late September, the Smart Chicago Collaborative held a conference exploring the ways that data is put to use in Chicago. The Chicago School of Data Days conference brought together individuals [...]

Getting a Clear Picture of Latinx Illinois

We here at the WIRE believe that data is powerful. This month, we're excited to see a data-rich picture of the Latinx community here in Illinois, painted by the Nathalie P. Voorhees Center for Neighborhood and Community Improvement and the Illinois Latino Family Commission. The reports released this month are the first in a continuing series called "Making [...]

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 [...]

Data Can Be Beautiful

Data visualization is a trendy topic these days. CJC’s WIRE depends on a high quality display of data in order to be a go-to source for workforce development data and related information. It matters how data is displayed. A recent OECD Regional Well-Being Map serves as a good example. The map beautifully displays information about [...]

Access Real-Time Data on Labor Market Demand

The WIRE Labor Market Information (LMI) page is part of a set of pages that offers data related to workforce development. The LMI page is designed to provide quick links to sources of reliable, user-friendly information about the labor market. A good example is the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership's data on real-time demand trends. Utilizing information [...]

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