Dollars Down, Poverty Up: CJC's September 2002 Workforce Development Issues Survey

Oct 01, 2002
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In recent months, Illinois' unemployment rates outpaced national averages while new Census Bureau data revealed growing numbers of poor people nationwide -- a trend triggered by last year's weak economy. Suspecting that the economy continued to wreak havoc on low-income Chicagoans, the Chicago Jobs Council surveyed its members to measure the impact of recession-driven funding cuts on employment and training programs for disadvantaged job seekers. CJC conducted the survey from Sept. 4 to Oct. 11, 2002 when it received feedback from 24 of its 107 current members -- local employment and training organizations. The following highlights the survey results.