I could consider this another string of posts about the Black middle class. There are a still issues at play here that are beyond race. In the 19th Ward, the Alderman there is quoted as stating that city workers are the backbone of his community. Are the loss of city jobs in this tough economy having a negative impact on communities across the city?
It's becoming an annual tradition.Also Ald. Carrie Austin (34th Ward) is making this statement for those who expect their Aldermen to help them find city jobs: "See, contrary to popular belief, I'm not getting all these damn jobs to give out."
Over the last year the city of Chicago cut nearly 1,200 middle-class jobs, the vast majority of them held by residents of black and Hispanic neighborhoods on the south and southwest sides that were already coping with disinvestment, vacant lots, empty storefronts, foreclosed homes, persistent joblessness, and crime.
This continues a trend that's been underway for years. These cuts bring the total since 2006 to more than 7,000.
The 2012 job losses appear to be the result of a combination of factors, starting with belt-tightening layoffs and privatization measures that were included in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's first budget last year. Aldermen say the cuts have a serious impact on the stability of their wards, especially during a slow economic recovery. They just don't know how else to steady city finances.