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Chicago's racial employment gaps among worst in nation

Chicago's racial employment gaps among worst in nation

Chicago's legacy of segregation has long made it a tale of two cities, and three recent reports show how far apart those cities have become.

report released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution shows that of the nation's largest metro areas, Chicago has the greatest racial disparity in young adult employment rates.

Among 20- to 24-year-olds, the Chicago area's employment rate is 47 percent for blacks, the lowest among the big cities, and 73 percent for whites, which is among the highest. Only Philadelphia comes close to that...

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