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Work and Poverty in Chicago

The section on work and poverty includes links to information about a variety of topics having to do with women's participation in the labor market, welfare, and poverty.

See also Work and Poverty in Illinois and Work and Poverty in the United States.


Women's Participation in the Labor Market
Work and Child Care
Welfare and Poverty
Organizations for General Information

Most of the data in this section come from very large governmental data sites such as the U.S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is divided into several regions. Region V - Chicago covers Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana, and includes data reports, news releases, and data sets. The Women's Bureau of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Region V - Chicago covers Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. This page includes statistics on working women in Region V.

Women's Participation in the Labor Market


Illinois Employment Outlook from IOICC
Projections in Illinois job openings and salaries from the Illinois Occupational Information Coordinating Committee website.

Work and Child Care

Chicago Metro Area Child Care Directory
Select city and age of child to find listings of childcare centers.

Children's Services Division
This city effort partners with communities in Chicago to administer Head Start and Child Care programs, Parent Child Centers, a Child Care food program, and a Multi-Cultural Resource Center at Harold Washington Library. It works to improve programs, policies, and the infrastructure for child development services in Chicago. Contact at 500 North Peshtigo Court, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611, (312) 744-1776, FAX (312) 744-0650, TDD (312) 744-5310. Includes links to its programs.

Employment Related Childcare in Illinois
Information about Illinois' income-based childcare system for working families, from the Illinois Department of Human Services website. Also see this listing by county of local DHS offices to contact a local office for more information.

Metro Chicago Information Center
The Metro Chicago Information Center is a non-profit research organization addressing the needs of the non-profit, government, corporate, and research communities in the metro Chicago area.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, Region V - Chicago. Note: The following data sets give information about employment and income in Illinois, Chicago, and other Illinois towns and cities. Although most of the data sets do not provide gender-specific data, some of them provide information by occupational categories.


Joint Center for Poverty Research
The Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research is a national and interdisciplinary community of researchers on poverty in America. Articles by the researchers are available through their newsletter, Poverty Research News.

Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research
The site includes some online publications in Adobe Acrobat .pdf files. Topics include poverty, Chicago policing, and policy papers.

Organizations for General Information

Illinois Department of Labor
State of Illinois Building
160 North LaSalle - Suite C-1300
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 793-2800

Illinois Department of Labor
Displaced Homemakers Program
(312) 793-7111
Provides grants to centers throughout the State to assist displaced homemakers in becoming economically self-sufficient. The centers provide a variety of pre-employment and job placement services to facilitate the goal of the program.

Illinois Human Rights Commission
100 W. Randolph St.
J.R. Thompson Center, Suite 5-100
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-6269

Date Last Updated: 8/8/00

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