Illinois households that moved out of state earned $19,600 more, on average, than those who moved in during the 2014-2015 tax year.View Report
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.
The U.S. unemployment rate is 4.4 percent, but unemployment varies widely among the nation’s 388 metro areas.
Municipal leaders have expressed concerns about the anti-competitive, job-killing effects of Cook County’s minimum wage increases and new sick leave law and are using home rule authority to exempt their communities from the requirements.
Cook County has lost nearly 50,000 black residents since the 2010 census, and the rate is accelerating.
Illinois is tied for the worst income growth in the entire U.S.