According to a new report commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network, more Latinos have seen joblessness rise and wages fall in Chicago with more high school dropouts, even as the ethnicity’s power in the voting booth continues to rise.
“The crucial need for a high school diploma in achieving stable and even moderately paying employment over a lifetime continues to grow with each passing decade – and yet our fastest-growing demographic groups continue to lag behind in achieving this goal,” said Andrew Sum, Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies.
“While the Latino community demonstrated a growing political power at the ballot box, their economic growth is still being hampered by high dropout rates,” said Jack Wuest, Executive Director at the Alternative Schools Network in Chicago.
Some of the key findings that the report found are that:
Illinois adults ages 18 to 64 who lacked a high school diploma or GED both worked fewer hours and weeks, and earned lower wages. Their mean annual earnings were $13,700 in the state of Illinois compared to $22,220 for those with a regular diploma and $33,600 for those with an associate’s degree.
Among 19-to-24-year-olds, Latinos (23 percent) and African-Americans (18 percent) were more likely than white, non-Latinos (4 percent) to have dropped out from high school overall.
Youth ages 19 to 24 who were foreign born were more than twice as likely (25.2 percent vs. 11.6 percent) to lack a diploma, and nearly half of foreign-born Latino males (46 percent) fell into that category.
To obtain a full copy of the report go to www.asnchicago.org
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