The Pandemic of Racism Was Here Already. Now it’s Teamed up With Coronavirus.

By Jamie Koenig & Eric Halvorson Long before coronavirus, structural racism was causing widespread death, devastation, and suffering across the United States. In the city of Chicago, residents in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Englewood could expect to die at around 60, while the mostly white residents of Streeterville could expect to live until about [...]

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 [...]

Demystifying Unemployment and Labor Force Participation

One of the most basic questions that economists try to answer is how many people are working. Each month the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release a slew of data meant to represent the state of the US economy. The most familiar and often cited number is the unemployment [...]

Latino Unemployment Up Slightly in July

The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) highlighted food service jobs as a bright spot for Latino workers in July. Latinos make up one quarter of the industry's workforce, which gained 29,000 jobs nationally last month. (In the total workforce, Latinos make up 16%.) However, the overall unemployment rate for Latinos went up from 6.6% in [...]

New Infographic: The Recession Continues for Many in Illinois

Some in Illinois have seen a recovery since the end of the Great Recession. But for many more, the recession continues. This is especially true for those who rely on the services that Governor Rauner wants to slash in Springfield. There is nothing fair about these cuts. In the Chicago Jobs Council's new factsheet Working In Illinois: [...]

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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