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Local nursing glut. Too many nursing programs in the city, very few good jobs, large numbers of middle aged professionals lost their jobs in real estate, banking, finance, etc and entered the nursing colleges in the city, which are like 30 in number. It's ridiculously hard to find a job, but ridiculously easy to borrow money for college loans to get a BSN.
Many of Chicago's hospitals have had several rounds of nurse layoffs which is pathological. In most areas of the country, nurses (esp. BSNs) are in very high demand. You don't lay off nurses, it's hard enough to find replacements because it's a high mobility profession, young people always running away to pursue better opportunities or to live in another state.
The recovery from recession has been uneven throughout the country, while certain cities like Seattle or Phoenix or Houston have done great, other cities like Chicago and Las Vegas actually declined as the country was recovering.
When a state/city is doing well (like Texas or Arizona) then middle class professionals move in, to work in the high tech industry and the like, which creates lots of opportunities for nurses as well...