Tag: jobs

Dropping home prices don't make homes more affordable for newly hired

Dropping home prices don't make homes more affordable for newly hired
A couple of weeks ago, we asked the question: What kind of jobs are being added to the economy? If the economy’s not purging jobs like it has been in the last few years, are the jobs being created something you can afford to live on? For the most part, the answer was no. The... Read more »

Do undocumented youth end up having the same low-wage jobs as their parents?

Despite having adapted to an American lifestyle, the children of undocumented workers end up having to settle for the same types of low wages as some of their parents, even if the children graduated from college, a new study shows. The survey  was based on interviews conducted for more than four years. The reality is far... Read more »

At jobs hearing, grim statistics, frustration, cries for help

At jobs hearing, grim statistics, frustration, cries for help
A special legislative hearing held today in Chicago started with a grim set of numbers. Like this one: The overall unemployment rate in Illinois stood at 10.3 percent last year, an analyst from the Illinois Department of Employment Security told members of the Illinois House of Representatives’ Small Business Empowerment and Workforce Development Committee. Unemployment... Read more »
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What kind of jobs are we adding to the economy?

What kind of jobs are we adding to the economy?
At last count, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 3 million job openings in the United States. It might not feel like it to the 14 million Americans who are unemployed, but the economy is at least adding jobs, rather than losing them. But a couple of things that have come across... Read more »

A search for summer jobs--and dollars for summer job programs

A search for summer jobs--and dollars for summer job programs
Several dozen young people from around Chicago rallied for an expanded summer jobs program yesterday morning in the Loop, demanding full funding for legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law about a year ago. That bill, titled the Community Youth Employment Act, allows nonprofits, educational institutions and governmental entities to apply for a new pool... Read more »

The bleak jobs report

The bleak jobs report
The official unemployment rate ticked up in June to 9.2 percent, according the latest jobs report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as employers added a paltry 18,000 positions to their payrolls last month. Those numbers are bad enough, but other measures of who is working–and who isn’t–paint perhaps an even more dire... Read more »
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High gas prices might squeeze Chicago's poor tighter than others

With gas prices registering $1.25 a gallon higher than they were last year in the Chicago area, the average household is spending more on gas. Economists estimate that it’s almost 8 percent of their income on gas. But some say that percentage is probably higher for the poor who earn less and typically travel farther... Read more »

Cocktails and current events: Come to The Chicago Reporter's issue release party

If you’ve been on the search for the smartest cocktail party in Chicago, look no further. Come to The Chicago Reporter’s Drop party, where we release our latest issue, enjoy fine beverages and appetizers. Guaranteed you’ll meet some intelligent, interesting people who care about our city as much as you do. Join us at M... Read more »

Could Englewood Wal-Mart help people save money, live better?

Jobs are the topic of the The Chicago Reporter’s latest issue. It’s an issue everyone’s thinking about, including Hal Baskin, a community leader and 16th ward aldermanic candidate from Englewood. The South Sider says jobs are the way to reduce crime in neighborhoods, increase safety at schools and improve the quality of life for neighborhood... Read more »
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Find out how many jobs there are in Chicago by ward

Take a hard left off at the Garfield exit on the Dan Ryan and head east into the heart of Chicago’s 20th Ward for a look at how bleak the local employment scene in some corners of Chicago has become. “That whole stretch is nothing, nothing, nothing, a church, nothing, nothing, nothing, a liquor store... Read more »