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Urban League Study: 92% of Black Teens in Chicago are Unemployed


Urban League Study: 92% of Black Teens in Chicago are Unemployed


According to the Chicago Urban League, the unemployment situation for African American teens has gotten to the point of near hopelessness.  The study, released and reported by MyFoxChicago, says that a stunning 92% of all teens in the city of Chicago are currently unemployed.

The study cites the steep decline in the number of available jobs in the city and the fact that adults are now taking the jobs that were once available for teens, such as flipping burgers and washing cars.

“It’s a very shocking number. Like, if anybody else see them numbers, hopefully they’ll come together, like we need do something,” said Dvante King, one of the teens who earned less than $1,000 from his part-time jobs last year.

The study says that across the nation, 17 percent of black males between the ages of 16 and 19 had jobs, but the numbers dropped in Illinois to 12% and down to 8% in Chicago.  This creates an economic crisis of major proportions, since joblessness is a consistent factor in the high rate of violence in the city.

“We do the studies because I don’t think most people realize how bad the problem is and understand why this should be a priority issue. They think, “Oh, summer jobs for kids. That’s a nice thing.” It’s not a “nice thing.” It’s a required thing,” President of the Chicago Urban League Andrea Zopp said.

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Diane Latiker, who works with the city to help teens find jobs, says that it’s important that we start investing in our young people to help them out.

“Nothing is being invested to give those young people whose jobs are being taken, nothing is being done to create jobs for them,” Latiker said.

Dr. Boyce Watkins, a Finance Professor, says that the government must get involved to help teens and parents must do so as well.

“Black teens, especially males, are the most neglected group of people in America,” says Dr. Watkins. “If they were white, this would be recognized as the crisis that it is.  An idle mind is the devil’s workshop and nothing good happens when we condemn our children to sit around with nothing to do.”

Dr. Watkins recommends that parents encourage their teens to join programs that develop entrepreneurship so they can create their own economic opportunities.  He also suggests that African Americans be more vocal on these matters.

“If you say nothing in politics, you get nothing,” says Dr. Watkins.  “The people in Washington won’t care about what happens to your child if you don’t make them.  Secondly, black people must learn to create their own jobs, that’s the only way to a brighter economic future.”

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  1. jay

    January 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Maybe Black Folks are just waiting and hoping Mrs.Clinton. .will save the day..

  2. Elem

    January 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Watkins should take a seat. Please Black People, get out of the mind set that the government should rescue your children.

    This unemployment rate with young Black Men is by design, so that the prisons can be filled with poorly educated Black males. New age slave labor.

    Look to each other to solve problems, not the government.

  3. Paul H

    January 20, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    A female friend recently made a comment to me. She said there is no dialogue about the plight of black female youth within the black community. She said, it’s almost like black females don’t exist or they don’t suffer from unemployment or crime or rape.

    And I realized she had a good point. Black females are often victims of crime, and police brutality and domestic violence. They live in the same dangerous neighborhoods and attend the same inferior schools.

    Then she said something that made me pause. She said, nobody cares about black females, that’s why they call us ‘strong” so no one will feel guilty about not helping or protecting us.

    I started looking at some of the headlines on black blogs and I have to admit (reluctantly) that she might be right.

    We are in this together, male and female. It’s time we include the plight of our sisters in our fight for justice.

  4. Elem

    January 20, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Paul H, you are right. Divided we fall, United we stand.

  5. HiRoader2

    January 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Contrary to Chicago’s 92% percent unemployment there should be statistics of cities and towns with higher % percentages,. Some cities with an different urban culture than Chicago’s warzone temperament… Very few businesses operate in battle zones. Some people in Los Angeles caught onto the squatting-where-eating -thug culture, alot has changed… Whereas Chicago have boxed themselves in, the school kids can’t cross gang lines to even can the basics of education… and just outside the warzone boundaries the businesses have *buffered themselves with a non-combative workforce… If anyone remembers the 60’s & 70’s reality property boom during the school bussing era should know the economic differences losing businesses & jobs…

  6. Ann G.

    January 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Is it because there are no jobs or because this generation does not want to do any work? There are jobs out there but these kids don’t want to hurt themselves doing labor, this comes from the home life they are introduced to. It is easier for them to stand on the corner selling drugs/or have a drive thru in their cars selling to those on the corner. There is a different mind set to this generation of kids, they are lost and 9 times out of ten you can thank the parents!

  7. Peter D. Slaughter

    January 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Psst.. Psst… hey tell your black neighbor okay.
    It’s genocide and eugenics.
    Getting rid of useless eaters that could become their enemies,wake up. It’s going down now,look at the numbers it’s reality.
    They have already been counted to be buried or sent to some updated slave plantation prison to work for free.
    The election of some so-called president is not going to stop the master plan of control.

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