Changing Workforce

Perspective: Illinois' job woes start on the factory floor

By Greg Hinz, Crain's Chicago Business

Nov 30, 2015

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Anyone who's wondered why Illinois' job market is so weak received a big clue a few days ago when the Illinois Department of Employment Security released the latest data.

Think factories.

Over the past year, Illinois' total number of jobs is up a tepid 40,300—all of 0.8 percent at a time when the nation is hitting 2-plus percent. And throughout that period of modest overall gains, the state has continued to lose manufacturing jobs, off 1,900 in October and 10,000 year over year.

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