Illinois has the highest jobless rate in the Midwest

Illinois has the highest jobless rate in the Midwest, and the third-highest in the nation. But not only that. Illinois’ jobless rate has gone up more in the last five years than any other state in the nation.

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Despite this dismal record, cheerleaders for the state government cite various studies to support a claim that the state is making a comeback and leading the Midwest.

Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession has been hindered by self-inflicted wounds. After the 2011 tax hikes, the Illinois jobless rate jumped from 9.4 percent to 10.2 percent. The US average declined in the same period. That’s not a comeback.

As for leading the Midwest? That can be settled with a Sesame Street game. In the last five years:

One of these things is not like the others. Which one could it be?

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If you picked this one, you are right.

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Illinois is the only state where unemployment has gone up. Illinois isn’t leading the Midwest. It’s headed in the wrong direction.

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Michael Lucci | Director of Jobs + Growth