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Three fourths of Chicago youth jobless

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Fully three fourths of Chicago  youth 16 to 19 — and a stunning 85 percent of the city’s African-American youth — will be unemployed this summer, according to a study released yesterday by the Alternative Schools Network [2] and other youth advocacy groups.

Youth employment is crucial to reducing violence as well as dropout and pregnancy rates, according to the study.

“For less than what we spend for a week in Iraq, we could boost our economy and invest in our country’s future by putting 2 million jobless youth to work this summer,” said U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky in a statement, referring to House legislation that would boost funding for summer youth jobs.