The report, Industrial Restructuring and the Continuing Impact on Youth Employment in Illinois, breaks down in detail out-of-work and out-of-school and out-of-work numbers for Illinois young people ages 16-24. 

With a well-documented story of critical labor shortages across the country and especially in the Midwest, a new report focuses on the tens of thousands of young people in Illinois, not just young Black and Hispanic males in the state's inner cities metropolitan areas, but also white youths in the state's rural western and southern areas, who are out of school and out of work, and who, with an adequate investment of public funds, have the potential to fill those vacant positions.

Researched and written by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago (GCI), it is the latest in a series of studies commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN) and the first to drill down into the situation young people, not just those in metropolitan Chicago but across the state, are experiencing as they search for ways to support themselves.