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
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is pushing a progressive state income tax without delivering the numbers to prove his promises. The numbers available from other states make it clear a progressive tax will hurt Illinois’ economy.
More than three-quarters Illinois communities lost population over the year, and nearly all of the state’s major metro areas are lagging the nation on key economic indicators.
The state also saw a drop in the unemployment rate over the month, fueled by employment gains and labor force decline.
Seven metro areas across the state lost jobs over the month.
The state also saw a drop in the unemployment rate, but it wasn’t because people found jobs.
Despite healthy jobs growth nationally, Illinoisans are desperate for work.
The Land of Lincoln is experiencing weak employment growth and a workforce dropout problem.
Illinois’ tepid jobs growth has come disproportionately in the Chicago area.
Illinois lost 10,800 jobs on net over the month, and the state continues to experience labor force dropout.
Newly released Illinois jobs report points to anemic jobs growth and a contracting labor force.