A University of Illinois at Chicago’s Great Cities Institute report on Chicagoans’ data has some disturbing news. The UIC report shows that Chicago’s black males are doing worse than their counterparts in comparable cities throughout the United States. In Chicago, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Monday, 47 percent of the cities’ 20-to-24-year-old black males have been out of school and also out of work in 2014.
Comparatively, New York City and Los Angeles have an unemployment rate among its young black men at 17 percent less. They have a 30.8 percent-unemployment rate among the same group. Nationally, young black males are unemployed at 32 percent. Throughout Illinois, the statistics aren’t much better than Chicago’s stats.
State-wide, the data shows that 44 percent of the same group of persons were out of work and not in school throughout the entire state of Illinois. The report is being delivered to the Chicago Urban League’s annual hearing regarding youth unemployment on Monday. In regard to black females in Chicago, 35.3 percent are either unemployed or not in school in the same age group. That is much higher than the national average of 24.7 percent. The report reveals that the concentration of young unemployed among black citizens is primarily on the West and South Sides of the city. The neighborhoods involved include – but are not limited to – Englewood, North Lawndale, Fuller Park and East Garfield Park. Logically, these areas are notorious for high rates of crime in the city as well. Statistics for other races of people were not given in the reports.
Shootings and murders continue to plague Chicago as the new year begins. This weekend alone, according to CBS News, three men were killed including one gunned down in the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 2233 South King Drive which is very close to McCormick Place. Courtney Taylor, 25, of the 6800 block of South Paulina in Chicago, was dead at the scene after a melee broke out in the hotel’s lobby at approximately 2:20 a.m. on Saturday. Then, 22-year-old Derrius Lares of the 6600 block of South Hoyne was shot in the chest and killed about four-and-a-half hours later on the West-Southwest Side of the city in the 3300 block of West Polk. Orlando McArther, 26, of the 9600 block of South Forest died at 1:10 p.m. on Sunday after being shot in the back of the head and the left arm while sitting in a parked car in the 9600 block of South Calumet at about 10:45 p.m. Saturday. McArther was with a 21-year-old documented gang member who was shot in the buttocks when the deadly incident occurred. The 21-year-old was reportedly in stable condition. As the new year begins, the number of shootings and murders continue to increase over last year’s statistics.