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47 percent of young Black men unemployed and uneducated in Chicago

Fund Black Futures - Photo by Eddy "Precise" Lamarre

Fund Black Futures – Photo by Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

When the shootings and the crime that are happening in Chicago are discussed, the root causes of these issues never seem to take the same spotlight as the latest crimes. The latest study done in 2014 by the University of Illinois in Chicago presents some staggering numbers. An estimated 47% of young Black men between the ages of 20-24 are either unemployed or not in school compared to their NY counterparts where the number is almost half that at 27%. Chicago has the highest percentage across the country. Irene Cordova, director of UIC Great Cities Institute, said, “For young people, especially Blacks and Latinos conditions of joblessness are chronic, concentrated and comparatively worse than every place else in the country.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “47% is not only a wake up call for me but for everybody in the city of Chicago that we have a lot of work ahead of us and it is unacceptable, because we have one standard; it’s to make sure that everyone in Chicago, every part of the city of Chicago, is better prepared for the future to compete … ”

The highest concentration of these numbers are on the west and south sides of the city in neighborhoods like Englewood and North Lawndale. These numbers come as no surprise; if you take a drive through most urban areas in the city it seems pretty obvious. Young Black men decorate the street corners. Now that we have these numbers, what’s next?


  1. Nigg_Newton on January 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    So tell me how are the HISPANICS doing?

    Again, BLACK FOLKS had better wake up and see the LIGHT…Hispanics are taking all BLACK JOBS. They are not your FRIEND BLACK AMERICA, but your replacements.

    This BLOG/Article is more proof.

  2. Raphael on January 26, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Well here we are. 47% unemployment in black community ages 20-24. Hell, 27% in N.Y. And they think this black president has helped us. Stop drinkin the cool aid people. Get rid of that Clinton crony mayor up there, and wake up to a diff reality of seriously questioning Wut u have from these leaders….and Wut u want.