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.

Read the full column on chicagobusiness.com.