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Quinn Working his Magic on Illinois Job Numbers

Illinois Policy Institute 19 August 2014 No Comment

Illinois’ labor force shrank by 17,100 people in July, according to a release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS also reported that the state’s unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent from 7.1 percent. However, the entire decline in the July unemployment rate came as a result of workers quitting the workforce.


This grim news comes after a disastrous June, when 21,600 people dropped out of the Illinois workforce – more than any other month in state history.

In the last four months, a total of 63,000 Illinoisans have quit the labor force. Workers quitting the workforce has been the primary factor driving the unemployment rate down to 6.8 percent from 8.4 percent in the same period.

Read more at the Illinois Policy Institute

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