See also Work and Poverty in the United States and Work and Poverty in Chicago.
Most of the data in this section come from very large governmental data sites, mainly the U.S Department of Labor and the U.S. Census Bureau. These sites are very complex but contain a tremendous amount of useful data. They offer search functions to make the task of finding specific information easier. Below is a very general introduction to these sites, how they are connected to each other, and what can make your search more efficient.
DOL is made up of several bureaus (see http://www.dol.gov/dol/public/agencies/agency.htm for a list). Two of these are listed below.
The BLS Data page includes data reports, news releases, data sets, and an FTP site for more complicated data. There is a brief introduction and a help button for each type of information/data offered at this site.
BLS is divided into several regions. Region V - Chicago covers Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana, and includes data reports, news releases, and data sets.
WB is also divided into several regions. Region V - Chicago covers Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. This page includes statistics on working women in Region V.
There is also a page for Illinois that includes some employment statistics on women in Illinois, upcoming events, and news updates.
"Estimates obtained from the CPS include employment, unemployment, earnings, hours of work, and other indicators. They are available by a variety of demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, marital status, and educational attainment. They are also available by occupation, industry, and class of worker. Supplemental questions to produce estimates on a variety of topics including school enrollment, income, previous work experience, health, employee benefits, and work schedules are also often added to the regular CPS questionnaire."
The CPS page includes a search button that offers several different ways to search the site. The options are explained, and help is provided for each.
The vast majority of research information included in these publications are not gender specific. However, some documents of interest focus on concerns of strong interest to Illinois women. A sample of these documents follows:
EMPLOYMENT SECURITY, DEPARTMENT OF
HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY, ILLINOIS
OCCUPATIONAL INFORMATION COORDINATING COMMITTEE, ILLINOIS.
PUBLIC AID, DEPARTMENT OF
PUBLIC AID, DEPARTMENT OF - INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE
Bureau of Labor Statistics Region V - Chicago
Women's Bureau Region V - Chicago http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/info_about_wb/regions/il.htm
Government Information Sharing Project General Statistical Profile for Illinois
http://govinfo.kerr.orst.edu/cgi-bin/buildit?1a-state.ils Includes some gender data on housing, income, labor, and social data, searchable by city, town, or county.
Illinois Labor History Society Bibliography of Women's Labor History
National Foundation for Women Business Owners
The National Foundation for Women Business Owners (NFWBO) is a nonprofit research and leadership development foundation. NFWBO is recognized as the premier source of information and intelligence on women business owners and their enterprises by corporations, policy makers, financial institutions and the media. Here is a sample press release. Full reports must be bought from NFWBO.
IOICC: Illinois Job Outlook in Brief 1998-2005
Projections in Illinois job openings and salaries from the Illinois Occupational Information Coordinating Committee site.
Women's Bureau Region V - Illinois
Sections include "Upcoming Events/News Updates," "Working Women Count Honor Roll Organizations," "Fair Pay Resources," and "Displaced Homemakers Resources."
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.
1990 Census data of income and poverty in Illinois
Stats on income and poverty (some info on gender).
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.
- BLS, Region V - Chicago: Regional employment in foreign-owned businesses; no gender data.
- Part-Time Workers in the Great Lakes States: Employment rates for full-time and part-time employees; includes gender information.
- Average Annual Pay Levels in Metropolitan Areas for the State of Illinois: Annual; no gender data.
- Occupational Compensation Surveys - Joliet: No gender-specific data, but includes earnings averages for occupational categories.
- Occupational Compensation Surveys - Central Illinois: No gender-specific data, but includes earnings averages for occupational categories.
Welfare Reform Plan for the State of Illinois
Information on welfare reform in Illinois from the Illinois Department of Human Services, including current Illinois welfare caseload statistics.
PolicyIllinois Human Rights Act
The Illinois Department of Human Rights website has made the text of the law accessible online, including the provisions covering civil rights, discrimination, and sexual harassment in higher education. DHR rules and regulations are also available.
Final Report of the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women in Illinois: Economic Independence for Women: An Action Plan for Illinois
Produced by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. This December 1998 report addresses topics such as increasing women's opportunities in employment and business, family violence, sustainable family wage, education and training, child care and elder care, and health care. (NOTE: You will need to download and install Adobe Acrobat to be able to view this document.)
Organizations for General InformationIllinois Department of Labor
http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/Date Last Updated: 8/21/2000
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