South suburban young adults hit hard by long-term unemployment

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.

Check out our website on Thursday, July 1st to find out the area that’s been hardest hit in the entire country. Check out this video for a sneak peek.

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.

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