Youth Unemployment Report A Mixed Bag For Chicago Kids

Craig Dellimore
May 12, 2018 - 11:21 am
Youth Unemployment Report

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRAIO) --  A new reports shows that there’s both good news, and some troubling findings when it comes to youth unemployment in Chicago and across Illinois.

The study for the Alternative Schools Network shows overall there’s less unemployment for young adults who are African American. Co-author Matthew Wilson is a planner at UIC’s great cities institute.

“The out-of-work and out-of-school rate for black 20-to-24-year-olds has dropped from about 43 to 36 percent and also the out-of-work rate has dropped," he said.

He said the picture is not so bright for Latino young adults .

“What isn’t such good news is that the out-of-school and out-of-work rate for Latino 20-24 year olds has gone up," Wilson said. "When we break that down by gender, we see that Latina females have an out-of-work and out-of-school rate that has gone up."

Some more bad news: the jobless rate for South, West and Central Illinois is higher that in Chicago.