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Youth unemployment stings south suburbs far worse than north

Youth unemployment stings south suburbs far worse than north

Disturbing unemployment trends among Chicago youth are mirrored in some Cook County suburbs, including a stark north-south divide.

Nearly 40 percent of black 20- to 24-year-olds were both out of school and out of work in Cook County in 2014, compared with 15 percent of Hispanics and 8 percent of whites in those age groups, according to a report released Tuesday by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The numbers are particularly troubling for young black men, 45 percent of whom were neither working nor in school in Cook County, compared to with 17.7 percent of Latino men and 9.1 percent of white men, the report found.

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