It’s all about jobs in Illinois – 500 of them

posted at 2:21 pm on July 2, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Welcome to Illinois! The Land of Lincoln… home to the City of the Big Shoulders… a great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.” One thing that you probably shouldn’t hope to get in Illinois, though, is a job. Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 500 of them.

A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014, ranking it among the worst in the country over that period. Among Midwestern states, Illinois ranked last, well behind the next closest, South Dakota.

The time period corresponds with the academic year, with IPI noting that there was about one job created for every 300 high school seniors.

This year alone, Illinois is last in job creation and one of just four states with negative job creation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the state has lost 26,300 jobs since January.

Things are tough all over, but what could explain this? It’s impossible to point to any single factor, but here are a few that might come to mind:

For one thing, Illinois is the 5th highest taxed state in the nation. And that’s only because they still have to compete with states like New York, California and Connecticut. (Tough competition.)

The state is also in the ten most restrictive states when it comes to gun rights. Crime may be a big problem in Illinois, but don’t try taking any steps to defend yourself.

Illinois is also home to the 4th most dangerous city in the country for women who wish to avoid being raped, assaulted or killed. (Shockingly, that city is Springfield, which somehow beat out Chicago for the honors.)

There are others should you wish to browse, but that provides a pretty good flavor of the situation. What explains all of these dubious top rankings? Could it be the long history of extensively liberal policies, repression of business and nanny state intrusion?

Naw… that couldn’t be it.

EDIT: (Jazz) An earlier version of this story reported that 900 jobs had been created. The actual number is 500. This has been corrected.


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*Illinois is the 5th highest taxed state in the nation.
*The state is also in the ten most restrictive states when it comes to gun rights.
*Illinois is also home to the 4th most dangerous city in the country for women who wish to avoid being raped, assaulted or killed.

Land of Lincoln
I’ve been thinkin’
What the hell have you been drinkin’?

Flange on July 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

I blame Republican obstructionism.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

mankai on July 2, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Left Illinois for Michigan about 20 years ago. The only differences between Chicago and Detroit is that Chicago had more businesses and whites, but that is rapidly changing Detroit and Chicago suburbs are similar. Michigan has lots of lakes and recreational areas. Illinois has farmland. Under Gov. Moleface, Michigan was as restrictive as Illinois, but that has changes since Snyder became governor.

bw222 on July 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

[A] great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.”

If you think that’s bad then you should try the cheese-and-tomato-sauce-served-on-old-cardboard concoction that gets called “pizza” in the northeast!

alchemist19 on July 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

I bet the only job growth is in EMTs and morticians in Chicago

txdoc on July 2, 2014 at 2:38 PM

But…but…but it’s a “Democratic Worker’s Paradise!”

EVERY conceivable liberal economic and social policy has been implemented there.

This has to be wrong! It’s the land of milk and honey. Just ask the RICH Democrats running everything.

GarandFan on July 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

What explains all of these dubious top rankings? Could it be the long history of extensively liberal policies, repression of business and nanny state intrusion?

Naw… that couldn’t be it.

That applies to all of the ‘top’ states, NY, California, Connecticut, etc…. yet too few are willing to associate those patterns to those policies.

Athos on July 2, 2014 at 2:40 PM

When I saw the “900 Jobs” title I thought the piece was about Walgreens. They are talking about merging with a European company and moving the headquarters from Illinois to Switzerland. (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/renouncing-corporate-citizenship-001240207.html)

It did not mention the number of jobs, only that Walgreens kept it HQ in Illinois and create 500 jobs in exchange for state tax breaks. I suspect Walgreens has more than 900 employees at its headquarters, if it was going to expand it by 500 people.

No Truce With Kings on July 2, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Most of those “jobs” opened up due to attrition by gunfire in Chicago.

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viking01 on July 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Land of Lincoln

Fruits of Progressivism.

aquaviva on July 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Illinois seems to be going all in on the progressive motto of “You stopped visiting Detroit, so we’re bringing Detroit to you!”

JeremiahJohnson on July 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Land of Lincoln

Fruits of Progressivism.

aquaviva on July 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Don’t you mean San Fransicko?

viking01 on July 2, 2014 at 2:44 PM

They need a new Al Capone type running things.

docflash on July 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Clearly the work of intolerant Tea Party racists. Will they NEVER leave the Statist Republic of Illinois alone??
Left there five years ago for the Southwest. Took my job with me. Five addl jobs here associated with my work. Property taxes a quarter what they were in IL. And no Pat Quinn nor Rahm Emanuel. And I can go shooting less than a mile from home, without panicky residents calling 911.
Wild horses couldn’t drag me back to that s@@thole.

orangemtl on July 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

What state can boast of having had Barack Obama as a state senator?

What state can boast of having had Bill Ayers as a “Distinguished Professor of Education” and “Senior University Scholar” in their state university?

What state…

Yoop on July 2, 2014 at 2:49 PM

According to the Illinois Policy Institute http://www.illinoispolicy.org/

Illinoisans cross the border to become Hoosiers at a stunning rate. Illinois had a net loss of 4,100 people and $76 million of annual income to Indiana in 2010 alone, the most recent year of Internal Revenue Service data. That’s because for every three people who left Indiana for Illinois, four left Illinois for Indiana.

Illinois’ losses to Indiana are nothing new. Indiana gained 105,000 people and $2.2 billion in annual income from Illinois alone from 1995-2010, according to IRS data.

Opportunity talks. The reason families leave Illinois for states like Indiana is because those states have embraced the free enterprise system of allowing human potential to flourish within their borders. The government provides core services and gets out of the way.

But not in Illinois. State government in the Land of Lincoln is heavily involved with everything from trying to manage a nearly bankrupt worker retirement system to charging the second-highest business startup costs in the U.S.

More bad news:

Migration data from the Internal Revenue Service run from 1985-2010. In every year during that period, Illinois has lost more people than it has gained. And not only is Illinois losing people, but the average person who leaves Illinois also earns more money than the average person who comes into Illinois.

CiLH1 on July 2, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 900 of them

A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014

Ummm, who can’t do math here? Jazz?

GWB on July 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Try fracking, Illinois… maybe you can get permission from Sen. Dick “No More Guns I Just Know It” Durbin, D-IL. I’m sure he has an opinion, ignorant and unscientific though it may be.
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900 jobs… don’t move to The South, liberals. Clean up your own mess and don’t make a mess down here.

ExpressoBold on July 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Most of those “jobs” opened up due to attrition by gunfire in Chicago.

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viking01 on July 2, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Yep, the gangs throw out the “Help Wanted” sign every Monday.

M240H on July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Illinois is a bad state for one reason and one reason only: political corruption to the hilt.

HiJack on July 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Nothing higher taxes won’t fix!!!!!!

HumpBot Salvation on July 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Illinois – the Land of Lincoln Obama

BKennedy on July 2, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Sprngfield—-ground zero for ‘war on women’

cthemfly on July 2, 2014 at 3:03 PM

Send more money!!!

Walter L. Newton on July 2, 2014 at 3:06 PM

But but they got wind farms all over the land shredding those pesky bird polluters.
Very progressive.

losarkos on July 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I’ve been in Illinois for twenty years. Every year it gets a little worse. The political corruption in this state is on par with any banana republic. Welcome to the new model for the US. The only reason we stay is because we have put so much money into our house, now worth $60,000 less than we paid for it 12 years ago. This state sucks.

SteveThomas on July 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I can’t wait for the day I see this state in the rear view mirror…

PatriotRider on July 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

We should send all the new illegal aliens to Chitcago, because the Democratics tell us that they will stimulate the economy.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Ummm, who can’t do math here? Jazz?

GWB on July 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Jazz- Common Core or Public schooled?

socalcon on July 2, 2014 at 3:14 PM

I can’t wait for the day I see this state in the rear view mirror…

PatriotRider on July 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Happy to say I can’t see it at all, even from the top of the nearest mountain with a telescope – although I have driven through it a few times over the years.

dentarthurdent on July 2, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Ummm, who can’t do math here? Jazz?

GWB on July 2, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Jazz can’t do math, and the National Review writer, Andrew Johnson, can’t do reading comprehension on his source material. That +500 jobs in Illinois since August was private-sector jobs (the headline-writer got it right), and that -23,600 jobs “since January” was actually private-sector jobs “for the first 5 months of 2014″, or since December.

Once one adds government jobs into the mix, Illinois job change was +7,200 since August (still pitiful given Illinois’ large population) and -24,700 since December.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

bw222 on July 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Aren’t you guys infested with ‘Dearbornistan’, though??

bimmcorp on July 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Time for more community activists in the state to make sure the parasites get all the free stuff they are entitled to.

Who knows, maybe one of them might get such great business experience that he could run for president

txdoc on July 2, 2014 at 3:25 PM

I blame “da Bears”

Sinner on July 2, 2014 at 3:30 PM

The only reason we stay is because we have put so much money into our house, now worth $60,000 less than we paid for it 12 years ago. This state sucks.

SteveThomas on July 2, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Can’t you turn it into a rental, hire some local company to manage it for you and get yourself to Texas?

Occams Stubble on July 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

IlliniDiva will be along to explain all about the cultchah and civilization and stuff Illinois offers, in sharp contrast to that wasteland-of-everything-that-makes-life-worth-living that exists south of the Mason-Dixon. Where the jobs are. Where the people flock to a freer environment and a rising standard of living.

I don’t know; it must be an Irish thing.

Dolce Far Niente on July 2, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Like some posters up thread…
I CAN’T WAIT TO GET THE FLUKE OUT OF THIS SH!THOLE OF A STATE!
Corrupt
Taxing
Mismanaged
Ughhh…

ChicagoBlues on July 2, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Unexpectedly . . .

sewer urchin on July 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM

My son has a safety internship at a construction company doing a project in the cicero/inglewood area. It’s a hazardous project and often they are underground for periods of time with confined space protocols and heavy manual labor.

However, the most dangerous part of the day is when they close up and head out. The other day two dead laying outside the jobsite with the meat wagon hauling them off. Other times there is gun fire and police actions. all this in spite of being a “gun free zone/city”. They have to wear safety vests all the time or the local animals rob them. for some reason they seem to leave them alone if in a safety vest.

They’ve also had local government officials coming down into the project to get their graft while the jobs going on.

if you want to see the de-evolution of a country you need only look at this to know where we are headed.

acyl72 on July 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Any moment now Senator Durbin will be flapping his jowls in front of a microphone to tell everyone how this is fantastic news and solid proof that the President’s latest pivot on the economy is a stunning success.

sewer urchin on July 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM

THANK YOU, Illinois!

Indiana

Wallythedog on July 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Steve Eggleston is correct on the numbers, which we should note apply to the BLS’ establishment survey. We should also note that the figures for May 2014 are still preliminary – they’ll be subject to minor revisions over the next few months.

There’s quite another trend in Illinois with respect to the household survey, which indicates that the state gained 120,798 jobs between August 2013 and May 2014′s preliminary figure. Over that same period, the total nonfarm payroll (including government jobs) grew by just 7,200.

Keeping in mind that the two surveys results don’t fit perfectly together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, the large differences between the two suggests that nearly all of the observed job growth in Illinois has been outside the traditional job market – think jobs like independent housekeepers, babysitters, independent landscapers, personal drivers, etc.

Also farms, but compared to last year when there were bumper crops of just about everything grown in the state, farm employment has fallen, so that can be eliminated. It will be interesting to see if that pattern holds after the data revisions. It could be that new companies not yet counted among the establishment firms, like Uber or Lyft, are responsible for all the gains in jobs in Illinois since last summer.

ironman on July 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM

How Lincoln would react to his home state today:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dLmfQ6j58

Hucklebuck on July 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Land of Lincoln
I’ve been thinkin’
What the hell have you been drinkin’?

Flange on July 2, 2014 at 2:27 PM

That was a poem that disparaged Abraham Lincoln that was popular in the South and Border states. It went:

Stinkin Lincoln
I been Thinkin
what in the world have you been drinkin?
Is it whiskey? Is it Wine?
Oh My Gosh its turpentine.

Illinois would be much better off with a Lincoln in the Governor’s office.

KW64 on July 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Land of Lincoln has degenerated into a nest of liberals………

ultracon on July 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

And that’s only because they still have to compete with states like New York, California and Connecticut. (Tough competition.)

We bailed out of Connecticut last year for Kentucky and we couldn’t be happier. Cut our State and Property Tax burden by over 75%.

Johnnyreb on July 2, 2014 at 4:28 PM

if you want to see the de-evolution of a country you need only look at this to know where we are headed.

acyl72 on July 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

45 years ago I knew a woman who grew up in Cicero. Her stories were a big hit in the teachers’ lounge. She would recognize it today.

crankyoldlady on July 2, 2014 at 4:30 PM

One good news: Rauner is 15 points ahead of Quinn in the most recent poll.

Zuwie on July 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

There’s quite another trend in Illinois with respect to the household survey, which indicates that the state gained 120,798 jobs between August 2013 and May 2014′s preliminary figure. Over that same period, the total nonfarm payroll (including government jobs) grew by just 7,200.

Keeping in mind that the two surveys results don’t fit perfectly together like jigsaw puzzle pieces, the large differences between the two suggests that nearly all of the observed job growth in Illinois has been outside the traditional job market – think jobs like independent housekeepers, babysitters, independent landscapers, personal drivers, etc.

Also farms, but compared to last year when there were bumper crops of just about everything grown in the state, farm employment has fallen, so that can be eliminated. It will be interesting to see if that pattern holds after the data revisions. It could be that new companies not yet counted among the establishment firms, like Uber or Lyft, are responsible for all the gains in jobs in Illinois since last summer.

ironman on July 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM

That population-to-establishment survey is the exact opposite of the national trend of there being more jobs created than people filling them. The “tiebreaker” of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (which includes every employer subject to the unemployment tax) won’t have May’s census until the end of the year.

With that said, the national version of the population survey (but not the state/local version) does have its own estimates of those employed in the non-farm and private non-farm sectors. If memory serves, that history tracks closer to the number of employed in that survey than to the non-farm/private non-farm jobs in the establishment survey.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM

THANK YOU, Illinois!

IndianaGovs. Walker and Kasich

Wallythedog on July 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM

leftamark on July 2, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Illinois would be much better off with a Lincoln in the Governor’s office.

KW64 on July 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Oh, he’s still around.

Fallon on July 2, 2014 at 5:04 PM

One good news: Rauner is 15 points ahead of Quinn in the most recent poll.

Zuwie on July 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Hopefully, that will be enough to counter Qunn’s new voting bill:

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure allowing Illinois residents to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day this fall.

Fallon on July 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Illinois Democrat-Lefty-Mob-Minority Patronage-Crook Machine, yada yada. One to the important comments:

[A] great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.”

Commonly referred to as the best pizza in the world, you putz. Whole regions of the country can take the Chicago pizza recipe and still have it come out tasting like something out of a box from Kroger.

Giordano’s, Edwardo’s, Gino’s (Uno and Due are overrated), and probably 25 thin-crust pizza joints that make the rest of the world sit back in wonder. Jazz is clueless once again.

Jaibones on July 2, 2014 at 5:29 PM

One good news: Rauner is 15 points ahead of Quinn in the most recent poll.

Zuwie on July 2, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Even a RINO Corrupt-o-Crat like Rauner would be better than the Demonrats who run this state.

Jaibones on July 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

There is a second possible explanation of why the number of employed in Illinois increased far more than the number of jobs available – Illinois residents working in other states.

Significant portions of the largest population center, Chicago, are in easy commuting distance from either southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana. Similarly, East St. Louis and surrounding communities are suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, and two of the Quad Cities are in Iowa.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Left Illinois for Michigan

bw222 on July 2, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Fortunately, you are not liberal, so have a belated welcome.

307wolverine on July 2, 2014 at 5:44 PM

The governor of Illinois just signed a law in Illinois regarding voting for the November 2014 election ONLY.

1. You can sign up to vote on election day and vote right immediately. No problem there. Right? Nah!

2. Then, the hours and days of early voting have been extended and you no longer have to show an ID. This means that someone can show up an early voting place, claim to be me, and vote. Will this disenfranchise me on election day? The only thing I have going for me is that I am my precinct election judges “favorite voter” — I always bring them cookies. Maybe that will secure who I am and let me vote. Or, maybe not.

polarglen on July 2, 2014 at 6:06 PM

They need a new Al Capone type running things.

docflash on July 2, 2014 at 2:47 PM

We alreay have one — The Rahmfather!

polarglen on July 2, 2014 at 6:08 PM

What do you expect from Communist Central?

ButterflyDragon on July 2, 2014 at 7:30 PM

ironman on July 2, 2014 at 4:16 PM

There’s a third explanation – at least one of the surveys is hosed. I’ll use the numbers from Hawaii to illustrate because there is effectively no cross-state (or cross-country) commutes that put the employed in one state/country and their jobs in another state/country because Hawaii is well-isolated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Hawaii August-May change (seasonally-adjusted):
Private payrolls – +3,900
Total non-farm payrolls – +5,000
Number employed – +14,800

Hawaii December-May change (seasonally-adjusted)
Private payrolls – +400
Total non-farm payrolls – +500
Number employed – +9,400

Somehow I doubt there are 9,000 more jobs at farms or new ventures in Hawaii in May than there was was in December.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

“were”, even.

Steve Eggleston on July 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Can’t blame Republicans, there aren’t any.

God why do I live in this miserable state?

lpd_1 on July 2, 2014 at 11:04 PM