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In Chicago, many still struggle to find work despite healthy employment figures. Here's why.

In Chicago, many still struggle to find work despite healthy employment figures. Here's why.

Randall Steger was on track for a comfortable life. He had a degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University, a career in IT consulting for the manufacturing industry, and, by the time his two daughters were born, a nearly six-figure income.

Then, 15 years ago, Steger got laid off, and he has struggled to land stable employment ever since.

The 56-year-old Skokie man with an MBA is among the ranks of the long-term unemployed, so frustrated with the job hunt that at times he has just stopped looking.

With the national unemployment rate at a 16-year low and even the Chicago metro area, which lagged in the post-Great Recession recovery, posting record-low...

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