Chicago Region Poverty Profle & Projections
2009 Report on Chicago Region Poverty2
Chicago Region Poverty by County, 2007
Recessions have a disproportionate impact on lower-income amilies because they cause rising unemployment,a reduction in work hours, and the stagnation o amilyincomes—all o which have the greatest impact orthose with the least income.
Year-to-year changes inthe poverty rate are correlated (rise and all) with theunemployment rate.
a bad economymeans more people fall into poverty.
Unless otherwise noted, data on the Chicago region/area include Cook, DuPage,Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. When data are presented or all counties,Cook County data are broken out into Chicago and Suburban Cook, i possible.
The most current poverty data refect the year 2007 andthereore do not capture current economic realities. Estimatessuggest that i the national unemployment rate reaches itsexpected level o 9.0% by the end o 2009, the ranks o the poorwill swell. Already in early 2009, local unemployment topped9.0%, meaning that since 2007 as many as:
more Chicago area residentsmay have become poor—
o them children.
more Chicago area residentsmay have become extremely poor—
o them children.
or 5.0% o Chicago area residentslive in extreme poverty, below 50%o the ederal poverty threshold
or 7.4% o Chicago area residentslive between 100% and 150% o theederal poverty threshold
or 6.3% o Chicago area residentslive between 50% and 100% o theederal poverty threshold
or 8.0% o Illinoisans live between150% and 200% o the ederalpoverty threshold
o the region’s population living in poverty
o the region’s population at risk o alling into poverty
Author’s analysis o U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 American Community Survey.
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Author’s analysis o Parrott, S. (2008, November).
Recession could cause large increases in poverty and push millions into deep poverty: Stimulus package should include policies to ameliorate harshest eects o downturn
. Washington, DC: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 American Community Survey.
(under 100% FPL)
(under 50% FPL)