“Illinois has 380,000 fewer people employed now than before the recession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment is still up by nearly 200,000 people, and at least 185,000 people have given up and left the labor force.”
Obama’s anti-jobs policies are destroying the once vibrant economy. Illinois Policy Institute’s Michael Lucci’s latest newsletter notes:
“A smaller and smaller percentage of adults are working to support the entire state population. Why does this matter?
Because a booming economy provides the benefits of opportunity and upward mobility. But not only that. Growing the number of taxpayers is essential for funding core government services and pension bills. The only other tools legislators have are tax hikes, which have done more to chase away taxpayers than to fund the government.
The percentage of the working-age population that is employed fell by 5.6 percentage points, from 65 percent in January 2008 to 59.4 percent in December 2013. This percentage, called the employment ratio, has been described by economist Paul Ashworth as the “best measure of labor market conditions.”
The Great Recession hit the jobs market in January 2008. Since then, Illinois has seen a greater decline in its employment ratio than any other state in the Midwest.”
Lucci goes on to point out that nearby states led by Republican governors are prospering by reining in union control and promoting real job growth.
“Indiana and Michigan have led the Midwest in pro-jobs labor reforms by allowing their workers to choose whether to join a union.”
We’ve warned about Obama’s consistent jobs and economy killing policies from the beginning of his “fundamental transformation of America” into a failed socialist state.
By Michael Whipple, Editor usACTIONnews.com
Obama’s 1st Term: Real Median Income Down $2,627; People in Poverty Up 6,667,000; Record 46,496,000 Now Poor
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