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Worst Cities for Youth
Detail: ScoopDaily has compiled a list of the 5 worst cities for urban youth while paying particular attention to high-school graduation rates, infant mortality rates, unemployment rates, juvenile justice incarceration, and the amount of jobs created in relation to funds received by the Recovery Act.

5. Cleveland, OH

At 34%, the city of Cleveland has among the lowest high school graduation rates in the country; a total of 11,254 "Deliquency and Unruly" cases were filed; African-American youth made up 64% of individual offenders, the highest of any minority group; the city's unemployment rate stands at 8.3%; and over $27,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with zero jobs created to show for it.

4. Baltimore, MD

41% high school graduation rate lands Baltimore on the list of Cities in Crisis; African-American youth made up more than 43% of those placed in Juvenile Detention Facilities, 47% of Out-Of-Home Placements, and 80% of those placed in Shelter Care Programs, the highest of any other group; African-American infants had the highest mortality rate (15.5 per 1000 live births) of any group; currently the city's unemployment rate stands at 7.6%; and over $113,000,000 in funds have been dispersed for Baltimore with some 202 jobs created for this area.

3. Atlanta, GA

44% high school graduation rate lands Atlanta on the list of Cities in Crisis; African-American youth made up over 93% of total intake for unique youth served for criminal offences, over 92% of admissions for criminal offences, over 92% of releases for criminal offences committed, over 96% of the average daily population for criminal offences, and over 95% of child care days served for criminal defences; 50 youth gangs identified in the city; the city's unemployment rate stands at 10.5%, more than the nation's current employment rate of 10.2% and over $42,000,000 in funds, but only 30 jobs have been created.

2. Detroit, MI

Dismal high school graduation rate of 38%; Detroit's Wayne County is at the top of the list of counties identified for targeted intervention due to a high juvenile crime arrest rate over a period of 5 years; Detroit is also known to be one of the most violent cities, rated as the nation's murder capital, 17,428 instances of violent crime out of a population of 905,783; Detroit has an infant mortality rate of 15.4 per 1000 live births; the city's unemployment rate stands at a staggering 17.3%; and over more than $20,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with only 67 jobs created.

1. Chicago, IL

Chicago has a high school graduation rate of 55.7%; almost 300,000 youth live in poverty in Chicago's Cook County; over 26,000 crimes against youth have been reported; over 31,000 youth in Cook County have been arrested for criminal offences; Chicago's struggle with youth violence has received national attention over the past year; African- Americans have a mortality rate of 14.7 per 1000 births; Chicago's unemployment rate stands at 10% and more than $800,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with a dismal 19 jobs created.


Source: http://abcnews.go.com/print?id=9083935
Date: December 14 2009