Written by Senate Democratic Caucus Staff Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:10
Teen employment in Illinois and the Midwest has decreased drastically in the last decade, in large part due to the economic challenges facing the nation. In the past decade, teen employment in the United States has dropped from 45 percent to 26 percent. During this same period, Illinois' youth employment rate dropped from nearly 50 percent of teens employed in 2001 to only 29 percent today.
These statistics were presented by researchers from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts at an event hosted by the Chicago Urban League and the Alternative Schools Network and attended by State Senators Jacqueline Collins, Mattie Hunter, Kimberly Lightford, and Kwame Raoul.