A Rising Tide...But Some Leaky Boats: The 1990's Job Expansion and Job Sprawl in the Chicago Region

Daniel Immergluck and Marti Wiles

Describes how different parts of the Chicago area fared in different industrial sectors from 1991-1996, and determines whether job sprawl has slowed in the 1990s compared to the 1980s. Examines municipal-level employment changes within the region to identify relationships between suburban income and racial demographics and changes in employment levels. The report also lays out key policy implications, focusing on state and federal government.