2 million Illinoisans struggle to put food on their tables

By Madelyn Harwood
12/25/2016
Recent data from the Illinois Department of Human Services show nearly 2 million Illinois residents need government assistance to put food on the table this holiday season, as the state continues to hemorrhage manufacturing jobs and other blue-collar opportunities. Each year’s end is a time for reflection.

TAGS: food stamps, jobs, SNAP

Chicago area sees slow jobs growth, downstate suffers continued job losses

By Michael Lucci
12/13/2016
Metropolitan jobs data shows that from October 2015 – October 2016 the greater Chicago area is up +33,500 jobs while the rest of the state is down -2,700 jobs. Measured since before the Great Recession, from October 2007 – October 2016, the greater Chicago area is up 110,100 jobs while the rest of the state is down -42,700 jobs.

TAGS: Chicago, IDES: Illinois Department of Employment Security, jobs, unemployment