Illinois' unemployment rate dipped to 8.7 percent in November as the economy added 16,400 jobs.Preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security indicate the largest monthly job gain of the year. There still are 574,600 Illinoisans out of work.
Reports estimate that 54% of all Americans ages of 18 to 24 are unemployed. Al Gini argues that when we can’t offer America’s youth the promise of work, we’re all in danger, both politically and economically.
This week Eight Forty-Eight heard about the real-life challenges facing workers in the Great Lakes region as part of the Front and Center series. Friday was listeners' chance to share how they were doing in this economy.