Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Chicago Employment Continues to Drop

Didn't Rahm spend something like the entire last half of 2012 announcing jobs he managed to steal from surrounding suburbs and such? So what's up with this?
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published unemployment data for March, indicating that most of the country is continuing to dig out from the Great Recession. Of the 49 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. (those with at least 1 million residents in 2000), the unemployment rate dropped in 45, held steady in one, and rose in just three. Chicago, Memphis, and Indianapolis were the three cities to experience rising unemployment in their metropolitan areas.

  • In March, the biggest year-over-year jump in unemployment occurred in the Chicago metropolitan area, where the unemployment rate rose from 9% to 9.5%. This uptick parallels the worsening employment situation in Illinois more generally...
Nothing to see here folks. Increased taxes? Fines? Unfriendly business climate? A completely imaginary statistic program that shows crime falling while citizens say the danger is more prevalent than ever. Why would anyone want to move here?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess when Rahm outsourced it took jobs out of the city! The benifts office is now in Atlanta Ga. Good going little dancer

5/07/2013 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm dosen't announce when he outsources. How many city jobs has he given to his cronies in private industry. Hey Rahm when you outsource unemployment in the city goes up you stroke.

5/07/2013 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only that SCC but the Fed is gonna put their boots on the necks of the long term unemployed. Those federal extended unemployment benefits are being cut...

...Air traffic controllers are back at work, but about 80,000 long-term unemployed residents of Illinois soon will lose about $50 a week in jobless benefits.


About 240,000 Illinoisans receive unemployment benefits. Of those, about 160,000 receive regular state-funded unemployment benefits for up to 26 weeks a year, which are not affected.

But sequestration means a 16.8 percent cut, starting May 27, for the remaining 80,000 who exhausted their regular benefits and are now receiving up to 37 additional weeks of emergency unemployment benefits funded solely by the federal government since the last recession.


Like many states, Illinois had to spend time tweaking computer programs that generate payments, which meant its cuts were not in place when sequestration took effect in March.

By starting in late May, Illinois will spread the reduction in benefits over a shorter period, making the state's 16.8 percent cut higher than it would have been if put into place by March 31, when the cut would have been 10.7 percent through September.

Illinois officials thought that postponing the cuts until late May “is the best way for us to allow our customers to plan for a reduction,” the IDES spokesman said.

As of May 1, the District of Columbia and 23 states have cut extended benefits, a Labor Department spokesman said.

Read more: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130501/NEWS02/130509972/sequestration-hits-long-term-unemployed#ixzz2SaAVh8xy
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Also note how Illinois unlike at least 23 other states had to "take time to tweek their computers..."

hahaha. World-Class!

Then it's spun into "we postponed the change..."

A one day task of changing computer code turns into month's!

Normally we would say to the unemployed to get off their ass and get a job. However when the best and brightest CEO's and politicians are unwilling or unable to create the jobs we would be wasting our breath,

To any of the misinformed that listen to the propaganda about things like: "this company over here has over 600 positions open RIGHT NOW but can't find the skilled people to do the work" It's straight out BULLSHIT!

Comapanies trying to create the illusion of a skilled worker shortage to drive down wage cost. Get all the kids choosing majors in those fields to increase the 58% of the recent college grads holding a useless piece of paper.

Crime is likely to go up when the people are hungry and have no other choice. Hungry people do desperate things.

5/07/2013 12:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're off the script SCC, hahaha.

Look We're Number One!!! Say it!

With state coal production soaring against national trends, Illinois cemented its reputation as the worst rogue state for coal operations last Friday, when the rubber-stamping operations of the state’s EPA issued a pollutant discharge permit to a company already cited by the state for over 600 toxic discharge violations at its central Illinois non-union strip mine.

Translation: Imagine the Department of Motor Vehicles renewing the driver’s license of a toxic-laden truck driver with 600 DUI’s.

Welcome to Illinois–where the brand new Prairie State coal-fired plant is facing “potential fraud” investigations for rocket increases in electricity rates; where the second highest number of contaminated coal ash dump sites in the country abound; where a mind-boggling high hazard coal slurry dam continues to rise in sight of a farm town‘s nursing home and day care center; where Illinois taxpayers underwrite a huge slush fund for coal marketing, including a shameless “coal education curriculum” for students that blatantly covers up the facts on the state’s deadly coal industry; where even the liberal US Sen. Dick Durbin fights for the pork of “clean coal” as the main utility company backs out of the FutureGen boondoggle.

Even with black lung disease for coal miners spiking, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources was also found in violation of state law’s for failing to hire enough mine safety inspectors.

It’s so pathetic in Illinois that even bankrupt energy companies are granted two-year extensions on their deadly emissions clean up requirements.

It’s so pathetic in Illinois that there’s not even a coal severance tax, or collection of sales tax for out-of-state transactions–a huge detail when record coal exports now drive the market.

It’s so pathetic in Illinois that we don’t even celebrate Coal Miners Day–just the coal barons.

And last Friday’s notice by the Illinois EPA, sent in an email after working hours, on the granting of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for Springfield Coal’s strip mine operation near the township of Industry might be the most unabashed denial of facts and community input in recent memory.

more >> http://capitolfax.com/2013/05/06/tell-us-what-you-really-think/

Man-oh-man...that's World-Class eh!!

5/07/2013 02:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The voters better wake up soon. Once this slide gathers momentum, there is no stopping it. Detroit, Gary and a dozen other major cities should be enough of a wake up call. When businesses are no longer interested in your City, you disappear.

5/07/2013 04:36:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

My bathhouse even eliminated a towel boy position. I am so sad. He was so cute.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

5/07/2013 05:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's all of the NATO Eurotrash that was supposed to flock to the Sanctuary City and spend their loot?

5/07/2013 05:26:00 AM  
Blogger 10 years gone said...

General Electric comes to mind. That boast was like 300 to 400 "new jobs" wasn't it?
Rahm can generate new BS at will, that much is for sure.

5/07/2013 06:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you nailed it. Small Businesses don't react overnight to all these extra costs, but it doesn't take someone with only half a finger to realize that going outside the City provides a better chance of survival.

5/07/2013 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The mayor didn't create jobs he just has everyone working longer hours with overtime.

5/07/2013 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am one of the working people who can't wait to leave Chicago. The politicians know what's best for us. So we just keep leaving. I don't think they will ever get it.

5/07/2013 07:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any news about the Korshak agreement and hat happens to retirees after June 30?

5/07/2013 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Distressed properties weighing now on Chicago market

Including distressed properties, Chicago prices in March fell 0.1% from March 2012 levels. That compares with a national gain of 10.5%. But when distressed properties are stripped out, Chicago prices are up a healthier 6.9%.

None of the other top 10 large metro areas have such a discrepancy between prices with and without distressed properties — usually, the changes are on the order of two percentage points. (Nationally, prices are up 10.7% when excluding distressed sales.)


We're Number One!!

5/07/2013 11:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my! What is this..haha..

Crime in Chicago's vacant property soars 48% since 2005

An average of 7 crimes a day on vacant land or in vacant buildings.

More than 2,600 crimes were reported in Chicago's abandoned buildings and vacant lots last year, a 48 percent increase from 2005 that equates to an average of seven reported crimes on any given day in 2012, according to a study released Tuesday.

(BUT...wait for it...here it comes...)

Overall crime reports within the city fell 27 percent during the same time frame.


If you want the crime to go down don't take the report that's all you have to do.

911 call center with backlogs, implementing "the plans", priority calls "with time" on them nineteen-paul-ed when the complaintant gives-up waiting for a response.

Like if you short staff the Dept. of Human Services you can create the illusion of the welfare caseloads statistics going down or stabilizing too.

Like Chicago housing foreclosures.

If you place a moritorium on foreclosures for a few months the stats show foreclosures falling and people think the economy is turning the corner. But the backlogs are still there. The foreclosures are still there. They're just not reported because the bank isn't ready to take the write down yet by processing them.

5/07/2013 12:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Trib says...

"Crime in Chicago's vacant property soars 48% since 2005"

What they don't say in the story is how much vacant property has soared since 2005.

There are parts of the city with empty store fronts block after block after block.

More importantly why is the propery vacant and where are the people going should be the question.

We're pretty sure most SCC readers know the answer.

5/07/2013 12:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wait I take that back.. I found this "separate report"

Crime in Chicago's vacant property soars 48% since 2005

Chicago Tribune-by Mary Ellen Podmolik-Apr 30, 2013

"In a separate report released last year, the group found that almost 52,000 apartment building units in Chicago went into foreclosure between 2009 and 2011."

so there ya go. more abandon buildings == more abandon building crimes what a surprise.

5/07/2013 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So does the population.....thanks Chalkie

5/07/2013 06:49:00 PM  

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