Illinois One of Few States Still Recovering from Great Recession

By Michael Lucci

Illinois is one of a handful of states that is still struggling to put people back to work after the Great Recession. Just consider: Though Illinois now has 39,000 more private-sector payrolls jobs now than it had before the Great Recession began, there are 110,000 fewer Illinoisans working than before the recession began.

Illinois’ recovery has been tripped up by anti-jobs regulations, staggering debt problems and painful tax hikes. While surrounding states have attracted new investments and jobs growth, hard-working families in Illinois have been left behind because the state simply hasn’t put its house in order. This has resulted in weak growth and a struggling jobs recovery likely driven by part-time work.

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