New figures from the new FOX 32 News series “Chicago at the Tipping Point” are revealing the shocking state of the US economy.
The series has revealed that ninety-two percent of African-American male teenagers in Chicago are unemployed. And from the way things are heading, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better for white and Hispanic teens either. This is a clear indication of how bad things are in the city when compared to the national average.
The statistics were revealed by the Chicago Urban League – a small picture that shows how the state of Illinois has 600,000 less jobs at present than it had in 2000. Jobs that were usually done by teens – like delivering newspapers and flipping burgers – are today being done by adults who are desperate for a source of income.
While 92 percent of Chicago’s teenagers (aged between 16 and 19) are jobless, there are the 8 percent lucky ones that have managed to land a job or two, but barely.
One such example is Dvante King. Last year, he managed to land not one, but two, on-and-off part-time jobs. The combined earning from both jobs was less than a thousand dollars.
“It’s a very shocking number. Like, if anybody else [sees] them numbers, hopefully they’ll come together, like we need to do something,” the high school senior said.
The problems the black teens in Chicago were facing were brought to light in the new study that was released by the Urban League. On the national scale, 17 percent of black males that were between 16 and 19 held down some sort of job – just above twice the percentage in Chicago.
“We do the studies because I don’t think most people realize how bad the problem is and understand why this should be a priority issue. They think, “Oh, summer jobs for kids. That’s a nice thing.” It’s not a “nice thing.” It’s a required thing,” Andrea Zopp, president of the Chicago Urban League said.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.