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Chicago, New York and Los Angeles Home to Highest Numbers of Unemployed Hispanics, Blacks

First Posted: Jan 26, 2016 07:30 AM EST
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A new report has shown that Chicago, New York and Los Angeles have the highest numbers of unemployed Hispanic and blacks in the entire United States.

PR Newswire revealed that the new report, titled “Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Illinois and the U.S.,” showed how more teenagers and young adults in Chicago are unemployed compared to youth in other cities.

The report cited that 47 percent of young black men, ages 20-24 years old, and 20 percent of young Hispanic men are jobless and not in school in Chicago. In New York, 31 percent of black men and 27 of Hispanics are unemployed and out of school. In Los Angeles, 31 percent of black men and 14 percent of Hispanics are in the same condition. Among teenagers in Chicago, ages 16 to 19 years old, 88 percent of blacks and 85 percent of Hispanics are not working, compared to 71 percent nationwide.

"We are seeing the results of this monumental policy failure every day, as the shootings mount up and the funerals multiply,” said Jack Wuest, Alternative Schools Network executive director. Wuest added that the new data draws a distinct line between the youth unemployment problem and the growing violence in specific neighborhoods in Chicago.

“Investments in creating meaningful work for these youth will pay dividends immediately and for years to come. A failure to do so has had and will continue to have dire consequences for our city and our state,” Wuest continued.

Chicago Reporter revealed that according to experts, Chicago’s manner of residential segregation contributes to the high unemployment and more youth options to skip school. Nearly 75 percent of black people in Chicago live in a neighborhood that is 90 percent black at least. About one-third of the city’s population is black.

The extreme residential segregation deprives several residents in the South and West Sides of proper public transportation and job networks. Since many residents’ jobs only include those of the same race, their options are very limited. Many end up not having any connections at all who could help them find a job. Furthermore, the disappearance of industrial jobs removed work opportunities for those who only had a high school diploma at most.

Experts believe that the high unemployment and out-of-school youth numbers can be fixed by providing better schools, programs that train individuals for jobs and policies that address diversity.

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