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Illinois manufacturing gets glimpse of good news, but long road ahead

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Nov 21, 2016

Illinois added 1,600 manufacturing jobs in October, marking the first month since June the industry saw a modest gain, according to preliminary data released Nov. 17 by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The number of manufacturing jobs now stands at about 568,500, though the September figure was revised downward by 1,000, slightly dampening the gains posted in October.

A total of 8,600 manufacturing jobs have been lost since January and 10,000 compared to one year ago. Sean McCarthy, acting director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, called last month’s increase in manufacturing…

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