Many individuals in our region are unable to secure or maintain stable employment, maximize their income, manage household finances or prepare adequately for their financial future.
While employment is the most critical component of adult prosperity, in the Chicagoland region barriers to jobs persist for many.
- The unemployment rate is 7% regionally and up to 20% in some United Way partner communities
- The poverty rate averages 33% in United Way partner communities
- More than 400,000 people in Cook and DuPage counties live in extreme poverty