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Illinois job creation lagging, factory job losses continue, new federal numbers show

Michael LucciIllinois Policy Institute

Sep 21, 2015
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Illinois the lone Great Lakes state to lose manufacturing jobs; overall Illinois job creation lowest in region

The first eight months of 2015 signal another year of poor job creation for Illinois, according to new monthly data released Sept. 18 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. According to BLS, Illinois has added only 13,400 payroll jobs so far this year, fewer than any neighboring state despite the fact that Illinois is the most populous state in the region. Illinois also has the highest unemployment rate in the region at 5.6 percent, although the reliability of this...

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