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A Disturbing Report on Black Men in Chicago

According to a report released by the UIC Great Cities Institute, 47 percent of 20-24 year old Black men in Chicago were neither in school nor working in 2014.

Across the state, the number rested at 44 percent, much higher than the national average of 32 percent of young Black men.

The report, Lost: The Crisis of Jobless and Out of School Teens and Young Adults in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S., found the following:

  • In Chicago, the jobless rate for Black 16 to 19 year olds was 88 percent.
  • In Illinois in 2014, 84 percent of Black 16 to 19 year olds and 72 percent of Hispanic or Latino 16 to 19 year olds were jobless. Employment rates decreased by 13 percent for Blacks and 20 percent for Hispanic or Latinos from 2005 to 2014.
  • In the U.S., in 2014, 79 percent of Black 16 to 19 year olds and 74 percent of Hispanic or Latino 16 to 19 year olds were jobless. Employment rates decreased 14 percent for Blacks and 21 percent for Hispanic or Latinos from 2005 to 2014.
  • Across all groups in Chicago, Illinois and the U.S., the percentages of 16 to 19 year olds employed have dropped from 2005 to 2014, suggesting a long-term downward trend for employment of teens.

Click here for the full report.