UIC Researchers Say Changes Need To Be Made To Keep Young People Employed

Craig Dellimore
May 14, 2018 - 7:45 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- UIC Researchers said officials need to take action if they want to keep more young people from joining the ranks of the unemployed. 

In a study for the Alternative Schools Network, UIC Great Cities Institute Director Teresa Cordova said unemployment may be lessening among African American young adults, but it’s worsening among Latinos, still too high in general, and more must be done for workers as traditional industrial work vanishes.

"That means a lot of investments into job training, skills development, problem-solving capacities, decision-making capacities, analytical skills - particular kinds of skills you need for the new technologies and the new kinds of jobs that are emerging," Cordova said. 

And, study co-author Matt Wilson, said the jobs themselves are changing, becoming less industrial, so the workforce has to change too.

"So when we see the composition of the economy and we know we can identify who is not participating in this economy, we identify a skills mismatch and we know we certainly have to up our efforts in how we are training and educating and preparing people to participate in the emerging economy," he said.

Commitment to that, the researchers said, is vital to young people’s future.