The manufacturing industry in Illinois continues to show job losses, despite October's net gain of 1,600 jobs.
The preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) shows the first small gain since June, although the overall manufacturing-jobs data shows a net loss of 10,000 jobs in the past year.
“High costs and competition from surrounding states continue to drain manufacturing jobs from Illinois,” Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity acting Director Sean McCarthy said in a statement. “We saw several manufacturers move across the border to Wisconsin in October. Sixteen-hundred new manufacturing jobs is a start, but it is a drop in the bucket compared to the 10,000 manufacturing jobs Illinois has lost over the last 12 months – an average loss of nearly 200 jobs per week.”
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