Prime earnings years not so on the West Side

People's prime earnings peak in the decade starting at age 45, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but for many West Siders, those years are marked by chronic unemployment.

In 2008, more than 36 percent of people in that age bracket and living in a group of neighborhoods that includes Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, North Lawndale and West Garfield Park had been unemployed, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis of census data.

That's the highest percentage in the state by far--a group of neighborhoods comprised of South Lawndale and the Lower West Side had the second highest rate at 27 percent--and the fourth highest in the entire country

In its July/August issue, the Reporter looked at chronic unemployment among young adults. For a quick taste, check out this video.

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