For many young adults in Chicago's south suburbs, the recession began before the fall of 2008.
Years before, in fact.
The Chicago Reporter used 2008 census data to analyze long-term unemployment--lasting at least five years--for people ages 16 to 30 throughout the country.
At 33 percent, the chronic unemployment rate among young adults in a group of communities that included south suburban Dolton, South Holland and Harvey was among the top 5 percent in the country. In that south suburban area, 11,039 out 33,800 young adults had been unemployed since at least 2003, the Reporter found.
Better yet, join us from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 1st, at the M Lounge, 1520 S. Wabash Ave., to celebrate the release of our July/August 2010 issue that deals extensively with the issue of long-term unemployment. Enjoy drink specials, networking, free appetizers and free copies of our new issue.
We hope to see you there.