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Chicago Unemployment Rate On Par With Nation

Nationwide, 4.4% of the American labor force is unemployed, a large improvement from the recessionary unemployment peak of 9.9% in 2010. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, the unemployment rate of 4.3% is roughly similar to the national figure and far lower than the city’s recessionary peak unemployment rate of 11.1%. The industry composition within a […]

Why Diabetes is Less Prevalent in Chicago

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 29.1 million Americans today have diabetes. While diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S., most cases of type 2 diabetes are preventable. Diabetes can be prevented by healthy eating, weight management, and an active lifestyle — factors which vary heavily by geography. […]

Why Cancer is More Common in Chicago

Surpassed by only heart disease, cancer is second leading cause of death in the United States. There are roughly 448 cases of cancer per 100,000 Americans, accounting for 22.5% of all deaths nationwide. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, an estimated 463 out of every 100,000 residents have been diagnosed with cancer, higher than the national […]

Chicago Property Crime Rate Below Nation

There were 2,487 property crimes — larceny, burglary, and motor vehicle theft — reported per 100,000 Americans in 2015, an 11.6% decline from five years prior. The FBI estimates that property crime resulted in $14.3 billion in losses in 2015, down from $15.6 billion in 2011. For several centuries, crime has been more common in […]

Wal-Mart is the Largest Employer in Illinois

Most state economies are relatively diverse, yet it is not uncommon for a single industry to have an outsized impact on the state’s economy and labor market. In some cases, a single company employs a significant share of the state’s workforce. State governments tend to be the largest employers in each state. There are more […]

Illinois Has the 5th Highest Taxes

In the U.S. federalist system, each state government decides how to generate revenue — that is, which taxes to collect, and how. No state tax code is identical, and largely as a result, what the average American pays annually in taxes varies from state to state. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed each state’s tax burden — […]

Chicago More Racially Diverse Than Nation

In America today, 62.8% of the population is white, and 12.2% is African American. Dense, urban cities tend to be more racially diverse than the country as a whole. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 54.3% of residents are white and 16.8% are African American. Wealth is often divided along racial lines. Nationwide, the typical white […]

Why Public Transit Use is More Common in Chicago

An estimated 5.2% of American workers commute on public transit. Larger, denser cities often require comprehensive public transportation systems that can reduce residents’ dependence on automobiles and help decrease traffic congestion, air pollution, and in some cases, travel time. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 12.0% of workers commute on public transit, larger than the national […]

Illinois Among the Worst States For Business

For 83 straight months, nearly seven years, the U.S. private sector has added jobs. Unemployment has steadily declined and remains close to a 10-year low. And with investors confident about the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average broke through the 20,000 mark early this year. By these and other key measures, business in the United […]

The Willis Tower is the Tallest Building in Illinois

Mankind has always sought to rise above the clouds, but it was not until the late 19th century that the technology became available to make what we commonly call skyscrapers today possible. In 1884, construction on the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed. It was 12 stories tall, which is practically diminutive by today’s […]

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