Uncertainty continues for Illinois economy
While Speaker Madigan and President Cullerton resist
pro-jobs reforms in Springfield, Illinois’ economy continues to struggle
latest figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES)
gives the economy a mixed review at best. Illinois’ jobless rate dropped for
the third straight month, to 5.6 percent, but the state lost a net of 900 jobs
compared to the previous month. Employment in Illinois has grown slightly so
far this year, but at a rate of only 0.3 percent -- half the average growth
rate of the rest of the Midwest and worse than each of our neighboring states.
If Illinois had simply kept pace, according to IDES, employers would have added
an additional 34,000 jobs since the start of this year. The overall number of
jobs in Illinois is still about 75,000 below our pre-recession peak.
Without the pro-jobs reforms that Republicans are pushing in
the Capitol, Illinois can expect more of the same results and more families and
businesses looking for an escape.