Clergy, community, and labor have come together to assert that Chicagoresidents need good jobs with living wages. Good jobs are key to enable hard-working people to care for their families and lift themselves out of poverty. We believe no one should work a full-time job and still be poor.
Many claim the recession is over, but Chicago’s families continue to struggle. People on Main Street continue to suffer layoffs and high unemployment. 11.2% of city residents are currently unemployed. Black communities face almost double the rate of unemployment as Whites. Latinos are disproportionally impacted as well.
In addition, Chicagoans that are able to work full-time minimum wage jobs earn only $16,640. That still is $5,410 under the poverty level for a family of four.