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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.
A positive jobs report for October does little to buck discouraging long-term trends in Illinois.
The September metro jobs report follows statewide numbers that showed one of the worst months for payroll jobs since the Great Recession.
Illinois lost 10,800 jobs on net over the month, and the state continues to experience labor force dropout.
Illinois’ August metro jobs report came amid long-term trends of sluggish jobs growth.
Until Illinois lawmakers get serious about economic growth, don’t expect the state’s jobs trend to get off the depressing path it’s been treading for years.
The collar counties were hit hardest by mass layoffs in July.
Illinois’ jobs growth over the past year was 40 percent slower than the national average, and lagged even further behind the average of neighboring states.
Illinois’ June jobs data show 4,300 more Illinoisans are unemployed and the state’s labor force is down 20,400 people.