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3 Things to Know about Unemployment in Chicago

  1. As of May 2016, Illinois has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 6.6%, with joblessness among African American men at 14.1%, the highest in the country. Governor Bruce Rauner blames these high rates on what he believes to be an unbalanced spending plan for Illinois and on the refusal of the general assembly to adopt pro-business, union-weakening reforms.
  2. As of March 2018, the unemployment rate in the Chicago area is at 4.5%, and the average weekly wage of employees in the Chicago area is $1,103. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for the entire United States in March of 2018 is at a lower 4.1%, and Illinois is at a higher 4.6%.
  3. As can be seen from the graph below in which the blue line represents Chicago unemployment rates and the green line represents Illinois unemployment rates, the rates for Chicago are on a steady decline since around 2010, and there is a trend in Chicago having rates consistently above all of Illinois.
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