Without reforms that level the playing field between the public and private sectors, the cost of Illinois’ public sector workers will continue to damage the state’s labor market, economy and taxpayers.View Report
COVID-19 and associated government lockdowns disproportionately harmed women with children at home.
The state and most of its urban areas are failing to get residents back to work at rates matching the national average.
Illinois’ leisure and hospitality sector has added 94,200 jobs since April, but remains down 223,200 jobs since February.
Continued unemployment claims in Illinois remain virtually unchanged since mid-April. Other states are getting back to work.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security has been under fire throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as millions waited for unemployment relief.
With small businesses and seasonal attractions closed, most of Illinois’ youth find themselves spending a summer without a job. COVID-19 isn’t the only reason, however.
27,412 loans for at least $150K were made in Illinois through the Payroll Protection Program. See who got what.
The most optimistic forecast shows 20% of Illinois’ food service business closures will be permanent. But up to 85% of restaurants expect to close permanently.
Illinois’ second minimum wage increase this year is part of a plan to hit $15 an hour in 2025. Small businesses face tough decisions on cutting staff or raising prices.
A study from WalletHub ranks Illinois 50th-most severe on COVID-19 restrictions on bars and restaurants. 233,500 jobs were lost in that sector since February.