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Despite a full year of job gains, all Illinois metropolitan areas are missing jobs since the pandemic began and the recovery stalled. While May brought job gains statewide, only eight metro areas saw gains while seven saw losses.
Illinois’ employment recovery continued in May, but the state is still missing nearly one in six jobs lost during the pandemic.
Workers looking for a job find fewer opportunities in Illinois than in virtually any other state.
Illinois shed 7,900 jobs in May but most of those losses were outside of urban areas.
Record job losses hit the state during the first full month of COVID-19 economic fallout.
Business sectors directly affected by the coronavirus and mitigation employ 1.5 million Illinoisans. The longer the shutdown, the more industries and jobs face cuts.
New data show Illinois lost private sector jobs amid a national economic expansion for the first year on record in 2019, a sign of the state’s deep structural problems in the run-up to the current market downturn.
Despite Gov. J.B. Pritzker touting growth in “every major region,” Illinois shed jobs in three metropolitan areas and lagged the national average in seven more.
Illinois job creation lagged the national median in nearly every sector.
Illinois’ uneven recovery reflects national trends, but also raises important questions about the state’s economic future ahead of a key tax hike vote.