If you have, International TV station, Swiss TV, from Switzerland, wants to speak with you. They will be coming to Chicago the second week of March working on a story about the economy. Specifically, they want to interview a person who is trying to find a job and has been unemployed for a while. If this is you, contact Vicky Baftiri at email@example.com.
Please call me so I can give you more details. 312-505-7770
COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING: “NOT HIRING: THE PLIGHT OF JOBLESS TEENS”
Why were 18,000 Chicago teens were out of work last summer? In Chicago, only 30 teens of every 100 found a job during June and July of last summer, continuing the dismal unemployment trend of 2010. The average teen employment rate was just 29.5 percent, tying 2010 for the lowest rate since the end of World War II, reports the Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University in Boston. The collapse of the nation’s teen summer job market will be the topic as Columbia Links hosts a town hall meeting: “Not Hiring: The Plight of Jobless Teens.”
Panelists include education and non-profit experts as well as student reporters from Columbia Links, a journalism skills-building and leadership development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools, housed at Columbia College Chicago.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m.Nov. 2
WHERE: 618 S. Wabash Ave., Stage 2
ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public.
Laura S. Washington
Twitter @MediaDervish Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times Political Analyst, ABC 7-Chicago
This should be one of the major issues in this upcoming state and city political races.
People are rejoicing about the new Walmart stores coming on the South Side in the future but jobs are needed NOW. What is being done to address Chicago South Side’s high unemployment rates NOW?
According to The Chicago Reporter: “The second highest rate of long-term unemployment in Chicago was recorded in a South Side region that includes Auburn Gresham, Englewood, Washington Heights and West Englewood. In 2008, 14,700 of 36,000 residents there between ages 16 and 30—or 41 percent—had not worked during the previous five years or longer.”
Also, I learned that over 1/3 of the crimes committed in my community are by young people under 18 during my last visit to the Community Alternatives Policing Strategy (CAPS) meeting.
What this means is that until people can work, crime is going to increase. So, again I ask: What is being done to address Chicago South Side’s high unemployment rates NOW?
Now is a good time to get on elected officials to work on a solution to this problem.
How do you think the high employment rate can be addressed? Will this impact your decision to vote for political candidates?