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Fast facts on Chicago’s educated workforce

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More classes are in session than ever in Chicago. The share of Chicagoans over age 25 with bachelor’s degrees or higher leapt from 29.3 percent in 2006 to 36.4 percent last year, with the sharpest increase starting in 2011. That share is significantly higher in the CBD, with nearly 80 percent of the population holding undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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Chicago’s hike was larger than any of the country’s four other most populous cities—New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Philadelphia—and more than twice the 4.3 percent national increase.

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Let’s look at some major demographic forces at play in the development of the CBD’s well-educated, diverse and skilled labor force.… Read More

Building from the Ground Up: Industrial Spec Spotlight

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Last year set some modern-day records for the Chicago industrial market, including a new high water mark for net absorption at 19.1 million square feet. With vacancy under 7 percent for the first time since 2001, JLL brought together its top industrial clients to discuss what’s next. The word of the day is spec, said JLL’s George Cutro, Director of Midwest Industrial Research. It’s 70 percent of the market’s development pipeline and returning to levels last seen in 2007.… Read More