Youth Employment Data: Employment to Population Ratios for 16 to 19 and 20 to 24 Year Olds by Chicago Community Area, 2005-2009 to 2010-2014

Matthew D. Wilson

Issues of youth employment have gained much attention in Chicago as the number of youth without Jobs has hit historic highs in recent years. As shown in the recent report prepared by the Great Cities Institute, “Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.,” issues of youth joblessness are chronic and concentrated in Chicago Community Areas with the highest populations of Black residents. Chicago has higher percentages of Black and Latino youth without employment than the U.S., Illinois, Los Angeles, and New York.

In collaboration with The Chicago Tribune, this analysis by the Great Cities Institute examines by Chicago Community Area recent employment trends to identify which areas have experienced improvement in youth employment conditions. The analysis covers 5 years of employment trends for 16 to 19 and 20 to 24 year olds by Chicago Community Area to show the improving and declining employment conditions (see “Data Highlights on pages 3 and 4). With the identification of specific Community Areas, further investigation can uncover the conditions that explain the improving youth employment.

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