Hakeem Says Unemployment, Job Creation A Major Focus Of His Campaign

Thursday, January 17, 2013
Yusuf Hakeem
Yusuf Hakeem

“Unemployment numbers in District 9 are simply unacceptable,” said Yusuf Hakeem, candidate for city council in that district, citing statistics provided by the Ochs Center (see chart below).

“Let’s take the part of the district identified as ‘Census Tract 12’. Even allowing for the highest margin of error, unemployment in that area is at 22 percent. Nearly one quarter of job-eligible district residents are unemployed,” said Mr. Hakeem. “In the same area, 37.7 percent of families had income below the poverty line in the last 12 months. That is shocking.”

Mr. Hakeem took issue with his opponent’s recent public comments on job creation. “He was quoted as saying, ‘We've had the continuing expansion of jobs, and even though some of them aren't in the district, they're certainly within commuting distance.’ Obviously there has not been an ‘expansion of jobs’ available to everyone, and when my opponent speaks of ‘commuting distance,’ I challenge him to talk to District 9 residents without a car and without access to reliable public transportation that would get them to jobs out of the district.”

He continued, “My opponent stated that it was ‘amazing’ that I would be critical of his efforts at job creation.’ My response to that is that it is amazing he thinks enough has been done for the district he represents.” Mr. Hakeem cited his experience as the former chairman of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization as key to his grasp of the problem of getting people to available jobs.

“Clearly, a successful approach to reducing unemployment in District 9 must be multi-pronged,” Mr. Hakeem said. “We must support more business creation in District 9, giving access to nearby jobs to residents. We must take action on making more public transportation options available to residents. And we must ensure that young people in particular are prepared to take the jobs that are out there.

“I am dedicating myself to helping find and create solutions to this problem, and I look forward to working with residents, businesses and government agencies to generate new ideas and constructive progress.”

Statistics provided by The Ochs Center:

Council District 9 partially overlays many Census tracts: 114.11, 123, 122, 32, 33, 29, 28, 134, 4, 11, 14, 26, 25, 24. There are three 12, 13, and 32 in which the majority of the tract is within the district. The percentages represent the aggregation of these three tracts.  Data are from ACS 5 yr 2007-2011 files. (Ochs Center notes)

Percentage of family households: 62.9%

Households with one or more people 65 years and older: 24.5%

Percent high school graduate or higher: 76.2%

Percentage African American: 76.8%

Percentage White: 15.1%

Percentage Hispanic: 6.0%

 

Percent; EMPLOYMENT STATUS - Percent Unemployed

Percent Margin of Error; EMPLOYMENT STATUS - Percent Unemployed

Percent; PERCENTAGE OF FAMILIES AND PEOPLE WHOSE INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS IS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL - All families

Percent Margin of Error; PERCENTAGE OF FAMILIES AND PEOPLE WHOSE INCOME IN THE PAST 12 MONTHS IS BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL - All families

Census Tract 12, Hamilton County, Tennessee

35.1

10.3

37.7

13.1

Census Tract 13, Hamilton County, Tennessee

9.6

6.8

30.2

13.6

Census Tract 32, Hamilton County, Tennessee

19.1

8.8

10

5.8

Area

21.3

5.1

26

6.6

 

 


Local DAR To Support Welcome Home

The Daughters of the American Revolutions’ Chattanooga Regents’ Council met on Thursday. Regents Joye Duke, Chickamauga Chapter; Jessica Dumitru, Chief John Ross Chapter; Susan Lindsey, Judge David Campbell Chapter; Natalie Blackwell, Nancy Ward Chapter; Barbara Fickley, Moccasin Bend Chapter, and Teresa Rimer, Chattanooga Regents’ Council Chairman discussed upcoming events. ... (click for more)

Road And Utility Repair On Gunbarrel Road

The 2400 block of Gunbarrel Road, between Hamilton Run and Summertown Court, will be closed for road and utility repair beginning next Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The project is scheduled for three weeks, reopening on Wednesday, Feb. 15.  Detours will be posted using Pinewood Drive, Jenkins Road. and Shallowford Road. (click for more)

School Board Votes To Issue RFPs For Private School Bus Service; Allows Independent Drivers To Add 20 Routes

The Hamilton County School Board voted unanimously to issue a Request-for-Proposals (RFP) to private bus companies at a special-called session early  Saturday  afternoon.   The vote came at the end of a two-day strategy session where the school board has confronted a list of challenges but the busing question, spurred by the tragic bus wreck in November ... (click for more)

3 People Shot Early Saturday Morning On East 3rd Street

Three people were shot on East 3rd Street early Saturday morning. They were identified as Countess Clemons, 24, Kezia Jackson, 23, and Dutchess Lykes, 26.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 2:40 a.m. to a person(s) shot call at a local hospital. All three victims were transported to the hospital via a personally-owned vehicle.   All three ... (click for more)

A Light Rain Began To Fall - And Response (2)

Around noon Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the most powerful nation on Earth after a long and sometimes bitter campaign where 17 GOP candidates of his own party and two of the opposing party competed for the honor.   Thousands rejoiced in the Washington D.C. streets while policemen who had come along with national guardsmen pushed ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jumoke’s Thuggery Ends

Jumoke Johnson, the most notorious criminal in Chattanooga’s recent history, was killed by a rain of bullets in the 2100 block of East 12 th Street at little after 8 o’clock Friday night and for the many of us who have kept up with the 23-year-old, you wonder how he ever lasted this long. He was aptly proclaimed as the “most dangerous man” to ever have been sentenced in Chattanooga’s ... (click for more)