Research Information
Network on Women and Girls in Illinois

Work and Poverty

This 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, including the representation of women in the labor market, women in management, women entrepreneurs, career and compensation issues, work, and child care. This section also includes links to information about welfare and poverty, including topic related to women's absence from the labor market, and the lack of access to adequate economic resources.

Women's Participation in the Labor Market
Women in Management
Women Entrepreneurs
Careers/Compensation
Work and Child Care
Welfare and Poverty
Policy
Organizations for General Information

Most of the data in this section comes from very large governmental data sites, mainly the U.S Department of Labor and the U.S. Census. 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. However, to fully utilize these resources, you will need to approach them with time, patience, and a willingness to learn their logic. Below is a very general introduction to these sites, how they are connected to each other, and what can make your search more efficient.

The U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Homepage http://www.dol.gov/ has a search button allowing you to search almost anything having to do with the DOL. There is also online help for conducting an effective search.

The DOL has several agencies (see http://www.dol.gov/dol/public/agencies/agency.htm for a list). Two of these are listed below:

  1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Homepage http://stats.bls.gov/blshome.htm has a search button allowing you to search all sub-pages on this site, or specific sub-pages. There are also tips for conducting an effective search.

    The BLS Data Page (http://www.bls.gov/datahome.htm) 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.

    The BLS is divided into several regions. Region V - Chicago (http://stats.bls.gov/ro5home.htm) covers Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana, and includes data reports, news releases, and data sets.

  2. Women's Bureau (WB) Homepage http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/ A search button lets you search the whole WB site, or search more specific pages and files. Help on how to conduct an effective search is available.

    The WB is also divided into several regions. Region V -- Chicago http://www.dol.gov/cgi-bin/htimage/dol/wb/public/info_about_wb/regions/regions.map?345,88 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 specifically at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/wb/public/info_about_wb/regions/il.htm This page includes some employment statistics on women in Illinois, upcoming events/news updates, etc.

The U.S. Census Bureau

  1. The Census Bureau homepage http://www.census.gov/ gives you several options. There is a user manual (http://www.census.gov/main/www/man_main.html) on how to use this site, a search button (http://www.census.gov/main/www/search.html), and a subject search index (http://www.census.gov/main/www/subjects.html). On-line help is available at every step, explaining how to start a search, how to search more effectively, and what tools are available to you.

  2. The Current Population Survey (CPS) The CPCS (http://www.bls.census.gov/cps)

    "The Current Population Survey (CPS) is a monthly survey of about 50,000 households conducted by the Bureau of the Census for the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This survey has been conducted for more than 50 years.

    "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 home page includes a search button that allows you to search in different ways. These different search options are explained, and help is provided for each.

The Census pages are easy to use and fun. They use a lot of graphic images that make the site more user friendly, but also require a fast computer to handle these more complicated files.

Some Illinois-Specific Search Engines and Research Sites

In addition to the government sites, there are other public search engines available to look for data and/or reports. Some of these are cross-linked with government sites, which can make a search a little confusing. As with the government sites, you will need to spend some time getting to know these search engines before being able to quickly find what you are looking for.

  1. Research Data Services - Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville - http://www.rrds.siue.edu/home.html

    "RRDS-SIUE is a research and public service unit at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Located in the College of Arts and Sciences, RRDS links the expertise and resources available at SIUE to the needs of local governments, profit and not-for- profit agencies. The overall mission of RRDS is to make university resources and expertise available to organizations seeking to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in communities and institutions in Illinois and the Bi-State St. Louis metropolitan area."

  2. Illinois State Data Center Cooperative (ISDCC) - http://www.cagis.uic.edu/ISDC/ISDC_intro.html

    "As the need for information at all levels of government and industry steadily increases, the scope and volume of information products that are developed also increases. The Illinois State Data Center Cooperative (ISDCC), in conjunction with the United States Bureau of the Census, is coordinating access to and use of these statistical resources for administration, planning, and decision making in the State of Illinois."

  3. Business and Industry Data Center Network - http://www.cgs.niu.edu/default.htm

    "The BIDC Network is designed to meet decision makers' growing need for effective use of economic statistics. This site provides information to a multitude of users: economic development, small business development, researchers, academics, local and state employees are just some of the groups who will find this site a useful tool in understanding information on a given geographical area."

  4. Publications of the State of Illinois - http://www.library.sos.state.il.us/isl/depos/pubsofil.txt

    Lists publications of the State of Illinois that have been provided to certain libraries in the State which are designated depository libraries. Copies of these publications are available at these depository libraries or by contacting the Illinois department producing the document.

    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. We list a sample of these documents as 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.

Women's Participation in the Labor Market

State of Illinois/ County/ City

United States

Women in Management

State of Illinois/ County/ City

United States

Women Entrepreneurs

State of Illinois/ County/ City

United States

Careers/Compensation

State of Illinois/ County/ City

United States

Work and Child Care

State of Illinois/ County/ City

United States

Welfare/Poverty

The U.S. Census Poverty Page http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty.html will point you in a number of directions, including statistics, tables, general information, and a search tool to further specify your search interests.

State of Illinois/ County/ City