* David Roeder at the Sun-Times…
“Data is power in this day and age,” said David Williams, director of policy research at Opportunity Insights, a nonprofit group based at Harvard University. “So we’re very thankful for the partnerships we have.”
The group has used its partnerships to compile a continuous readout of the vital signs for the national and metro economies, including Chicago’s. Some information goes down to the ZIP code level. It’s all openly accessible at tracktherecovery.org, where users can view comparisons among regions. […]
(E)mployment rates in Chicago are off about 30% this year for low-income workers, vs. about 3% for those on the high end, the group’s latest data show. It also found Chicago’s small-business revenue is down 25% this year, with those in leisure and hospitality sustaining the worst declines.
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