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EMPLOYMENT

When asked why she was unemployed:

“I found a job but was then fired after one day due to my background”

“I wasn’t stable in the rest of my life.”

BARRIER: SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Of all women surveyed, those who reported never having needed or received treatment for substance abuse were twice as likely to be employed full time as those who had such issues.

Chart 16: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Employment status in the 30 days prior to entering jail:

Needed and received/did not receive help for alcohol/drug problem

Full Time

19%

36%

Part Time

11% 8%

Not Employed

45%

62%

Key: Yes

No

BARRIER: PAST CRIMINAL RECORD

Forty-two percent of unemployed women reported that a past criminal record was a barrier to employment. Furthermore, the more times women are detained, the less likely they are to be employed.

12 UNLOCKING OPTIONS FOR WOMEN

Chart 17: DETENTION RATES AND EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Part

12%

Time

9%

Employment status in 30 days prior to entering jail

43%

7%

74%

Full Time

Not Employed

Key: Number of Times in Jail

1 time

2-5 times

6+

15%

22%

35%

56%

BARRIER: HOMELESSNESS

Women who reported being homeless in the 30 days prior to entering Cook County Jail were less likely to be employed than were women who had housing.

Chart 18: HOMELESSNESS AND EMPLOYMENT STATUS

Part

9%

Time

11%

Employment status in 30 days prior to entering jail

65%

Full Time

42%

Had own housing

17%

37%

Not Employed

Key:

Homeless

Homeless women have higher rates of detention and are less likely to access substance abuse treatment programs, which affects their employment status. Women who were homeless before entering jail were twice as likely not to access substance abuse treatment as were those who were housed.

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