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Unemployment Rates

Sorry, Journalism Students, The Job Market Looks Bleak

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.23.2015 | Media

We're back with your daily dose of depressing journalism news: unemployment rates are dropping for nearly all college majors, with the notable excepti...

Yellen Warns That The Job Market Is Still Not Great

Reuters | Posted 08.22.2014 | Business

By Howard Schneider JACKSON HOLE, Wyo., Aug 22 (Reuters) - U.S. labor markets remain hampered by the effects of the Great Recession and the Federal...

Here Are the 25 Illinois Counties with the Highest Average Home Values

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.06.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Do you live in the Chicagoland area in Illinois? Odds are you have a much higher home value than the rest of the state. When taking a look at the 25 Illinois counties with the average highest home values, the majority of them are in the northeastern quadrant of the state.

Does Your Town Have the Highest or Lowest Unemployment Rate in Illinois?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.29.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you live in Round Lake Beach or Glenview, then that answer is yes. Round Lake Beach has the highest unemployment rate in Illinois for the second straight month, while Glenview takes the honor of having the lowest unemployment rate for the second straight month as well.

25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped Out

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.17.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.

Look to Chicago Suburbs for Illinois' Lowest Unemployment Rates

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While Illinois' unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in February, plenty of cities were below that. We've got the top 10 in terms of lowest unemployment rates in Illinois.

Illinois' Unemployment Rate Is Really High, But Many Cities in the State Are Even Higher

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 06.03.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Illinois' unemployment rate is at 8.7 percent, higher than every state in the nation except for Rhode Island. That's not good. At all.

What Can Brown (County) Do for You? Apparently, Keep You Employed

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 05.26.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With the February unemployment statistics for Illinois due to come out in the next week or two, we take one last look at the data from January, a month where the overall unemployment rate for Illinois was 8.7 percent. Some cities were well below that.

U.S. Military Veterans Continue To Face High Rates Of Unemployment

Reuters | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) - Unemployment among U.S. military veterans eased last year, government data showed on Thursday, but remained far hig...

Which Illinois Counties Are on the Unemployment Struggle Bus?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.15.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

While the worst counties don't have rates as extreme as the worst cities, Illinois is still home home to five counties with an unemployment rate of 12 percent or worse, much above the state's average of 8.6 percent.

Unemployment and Violence in the African American Community

Tio Hardiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

The University of Chicago recently released a study that revealed the fact that 92 percent of African American youth between the ages of 16 and 19 are...

Best of the Best: Ten Best Illinois Cities for Unemployment in December

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

All of those cities are way above the statewide unemployment rate of 8.6 percent, meaning there has to be some good cities in Illinois for unemployment.

Lowest of the Low: Ten Worst Illinois Cities for Unemployment in December

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 04.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Among states, Illinois' unemployment rate is the third worst at 8.6 percent. But many towns and cities in Illinois have unemployment rates that exceed even that. In a state with terrible unemployment to begin with, these are the worst of the worst.

Who Will Fight to Help the Unemployed?

Dave Johnson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Leaving Americans behind like this has a terrible, long-term cost to our society. It erodes people's faith in democracy.

This City Is Paying For Its Residents To Have Their Tattoos Removed

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 09.25.2013 | Small Business

In the city of San Pablo, Calif., officials are tackling startling unemployment rates by giving job-seekers a chance to erase the past. Literally. ...

While Washington Sleeps, a Nation Crumbles

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's an old saying: When one door closes, another opens. Whoever said that never worked in Washington.

A Bachelor's Degree as an Umbrella: A College or University Degree Is Worth the Cost

Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr. | Posted 08.14.2013 | College
Dr. Arthur F. Kirk, Jr.

While it appears that the recent graduates on their parents' couch are an exception and not the rule, finding a first job appears to be a greater challenge today as the economy struggles to recover millions of lost jobs and absorb several million more workers.

What Sweden's Riots Say About Europe's Rising Social and Political Risks

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The riots in Sweden last week are a manifestation of the socioeconomic disequilibrium pervading much of Europe, and the level of frustration that is beginning to boil over among European immigrants and youth.

Overcoming Obstacles, Winning Over Employers

Rubicon | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifThe labor market is saturated with jobseekers, and businesses are inundated with applicants. For unemployed people who face significant barriers to employment (criminal record, homelessness, or history of substance abuse) job prospects are even scarcer.

The Link Between Unemployment Rates and the Lack of Qualified Professionals in America

Marcos Cordero | Posted 12.27.2012 | Small Business
Marcos Cordero

Without providing youth the necessary skills and education, whether those are basic or advanced, there is no way that America's economy, and consequently the global economy, will be given the support and strength needed to be pulled out of this daunting recession.

Why Our Vets Are Worthy Job Candidates

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 12.18.2012 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Our young Gulf war II-era Veterans are facing job woes more dire than the national population has faced at any point in this unemployment catastrophe, including in October 2009, when the U.S. rate of 10 percent hurled the country into crisis mode.

Daddy, Where Do Jobs Come From?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 11.15.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The most direct way to create jobs, the only surefire way to be sure stimulus will work, is direct job creation. But we live in a dark age where any fiscal policy to create jobs is viewed as European socialism, despite the fact that Europe's even more austere than we are.

The 10 Best and Worst States for Credit Conditions

Richard Barrington | Posted 10.17.2012 | Money
Richard Barrington

People are out of work, deeply in debt, and having their homes foreclosed. It's a grim picture. However, that is not an accurate picture of the whole country. The fact is that credit conditions vary radically from state to state.

Shore Up The Weaknesses First

Peter Weddle | Posted 09.15.2012 | Small Business
Peter Weddle

With some notable exceptions, for the last 75 years, America's universities and its four-year and community colleges have taught their students a lot about a particular field of study and absolutely nothing about how to make a career in that field.

The Majority of the Unemployed Went to College?

Dr. Bonnie Snyder | Posted 07.22.2012 | College
Dr. Bonnie Snyder

I thought I had lost the capacity to be shocked, but I was wrong. Recently, Investors Business Daily reported that for the first time in history, the majority of jobless workers (57 percent) have attended college.