Where are the jobs? Specifically where are the jobs for young black men in Chicago?
Well here’s where the jobs aren’t. As many know small businesses in Chicago are not know for hiring a lot these days. Why? Expenses, bureaucracy taxes, fees and the fact that Chicago based businesses tend to have lower profit margins than in other areas of the country. High business taxes, aldermanic privilege, and many different hoops that business owners have to jump through in order to just stay up and running in and around the Chicago area. This all makes employers reluctant to permanently hire more people. So for right now. Finding work in a small store is going to be tough.
But onto the positive side. There are some places that might be hiring. But they exist in two different major areas. Government and the web. The C.T.A.(Chicago Transit Authority) is known for hiring through out the year. O’hare and Midway are said to be hiring at many different times and anything involving healthcare or senior care. Problem is many are entry level or part time pay. And more permanent positions are harder to obtain but something is better than nothing now a days. Basically if you look for jobs working for the city, county, state or Federal government than your chances do appear to be higher of actually landing something. The private sector is getting increasingly difficult to find employment in.
The other area, the web is constantly open to people who want to make money. It’s open 24/7, you have almost complete say so over the product or service you provide, can set up your own schedule and generally don’t have to commute. The big hurdles are that making really decent money online starts out very very slowly and you have to work hard to market yourself online. But social networks make this task a little less daunting.
So it looks like Government work and web freelancing are the big economies that are keeping everything afloat. As far as regular 9 to 5 jobs working in retail, in corporations or anything in the private sector. Those jobs seem to slowly be drifting away. And many economists believe that they may not ever get back to the level of productivity that they once were in the past.
Also the old adage “It’s not what you know, It’s who you know” Has some truth to it. The other jobs that we can obtain can be obtained through a family member, relative or friend that has already been in a particular field of work for a while.
So if many of us young black men are looking for a really good economy where we can support ourselves. Those appear to be our three choices. But government jobs have some of the same parameters as any other occupation. A boss, a time slot, a pay check, a uniform etc. Jobs we can get through our support network can also be a tad constraining also and may or may not pay well. If we’re looking for something more lucrative. The web is where it looks like we are going to have to venture and have a huge influence if we are to survive and thrive during the death of the old economies. It’s harder to keep going but definitely looks like the best choice for many in our situation.
That is the new economy. That is our alternative.
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Not being negative. But recognizing reality.