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Chicago has the 3rd largest population in the United States. The population grew by 0.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Unemployment in the Chicago area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Chicago has the 3rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Chicago is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Chicago is $225,700, which is above the national average. 34% of workers in Chicago hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 81% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Chicago. 62% of Chicago workers drive to work alone, 17% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Chicago spend an average of 33 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.

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      Chicago Workforce Center - Pilsen

      1700 W. 18th Place
      An Illinois workNet Center
      Chicago, IL 60608

      IDES East 71st Street

      1515 East 71st Street
      Chicago, IL 60619

      IDES West Diversey

      4931 West Diversey
      Chicago, IL 60639

      IDES Halsted Office

      837 West 119th Street
      Chicago, IL 60643

      IDES West Lawrence Avenue

      2444 West Lawrence Avenue
      Chicago, IL 60625

      IDES 528 South Financial Place

      528 South Financial Place
      Chicago, IL 60607