Englewood hopes Starbucks, Whole Foods create ‘ripple effect’

Hagar Johnson, center, a Starbucks shift supervisor, wipes down the glass of the pastry and foods at the new Englewood Square shopping center in Chicago on Sept. 27, 2016. Starbucks and Whole Foods open Weds Sept. 28 in the new Englewood Square shopping center. Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

Hagar Johnson, center, a Starbucks shift supervisor, wipes down the glass of the pastry and foods at the new Englewood Square shopping center in Chicago on Sept. 27, 2016. Starbucks and Whole Foods open Weds Sept. 28 in the new Englewood Square shopping center. Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune

A Chicago Tribune story on the opening of Starbucks and Whole Foods in Englewood cites neighborhood unemployment data from a January 2016 UIC Great Cities Institute report on youth joblessness in Chicago.

Some of the new employees at the Englewood store were hired as part of a national initiative launched last year and led by Starbucks to help 100,000 so-called opportunity youth — 16- to 24-year-olds not working or in school — find employment by 2018.

Unemployment among youth, particularly black youth in Chicago, has been called a crisis. In Englewood, 89 percent of 16- to 19-year-olds and 72 percent of 20- to 24-year-olds did not have jobs in 2014, according to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute.

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