ERIC Number: ED461678
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Race, Ethnicity, and Working Poverty: A Statistical Analysis for Metropolitan Chicago.
The Working Poor Project is a joint activity of the Chicago Urban League, the Latino Institute, and Northern Illinois University. Its purpose is to study the nature, extent, and impact of working poverty in seven counties in the Chicago (Illinois) metropolitan area. Phase I of this project developed a statistical profile of the area's working poor and a policy paper designed to facilitate discussion about the issue of working poverty. Phase II consists of four reports that further examine the nature of working poverty in Chicago. This report is the third in the series, all of which are based on the 1990 Census. The working poor are defined as those families that earned less than 150% of the Federal poverty level. The major finding of this project is that one can work full-time, and even work full time throughout the year, and still be poor. Most of the working poor have incomes lower than the Federal poverty level. One of every three persons who are working poor holds a full-time, full-year job. Differences by race and ethnicity are found among the working poor. While 22.3% of Latino families in the Chicago area are working poor, 15.8% of African American and 10.5% of Asian American families are working poor. For all groups, the service occupations are the largest employer of the working poor. African American and Latino adults in working poor families have strikingly low levels of formal education, and among Latino and Asian American working poor families, English proficiency is a notable characteristic. In Chicago, it is apparent, full-time employment is no guarantee against poverty. (Contains one figure and seven tables.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Urban League, Ill.; Latino Inst., Chicago, IL.; Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago)