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 [...]

Meeting the Challenge of Youth Unemployment

There have been numerous articles written recently regarding the state of youth and young adult unemployment in Chicago and the impact that it has on local communities, specifically on the south and west sides of the city. Black males in Chicago are out of work and school at far higher rates than their Hispanic and [...]

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 [...]

Poverty not trending with GDP in Illinois

Last week, the new Census Bureau data revealed that Illinois' poverty rate remained unchanged between 2012 and 2013. This graph contrasts the stagnant poverty rate with one measure of state economic performance as a whole. (Click for a closer look.) Simply put, the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is the estimated value of all the final goods [...]

New Neighborhood Unemployment Rates now Available!

New data on economic hardship in Chicago neighborhoods was added to the WIRE’s unemployment and featured data pages this week. This data is available in spreadsheet form on the City of Chicago’s Data Portal and an interactive map of Chicago with the data is also available. The map makes it clear which areas of Chicago are dealing [...]

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