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Illinois Construction Jobs Could be Created by Coal Plant

Posted on January 15, 2009

Among an economy that’s constantly shedding jobs, the creation of a coal plant could help create more Illinois construction jobs.

The Taylorville Energy Center, which would be located in Taylorsville, Ill., could create as many as 1,500 construction jobs and other mining and power plant jobs, as well as help decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who has since been impeached, created the framework for the the plant and other projects. However, the project needs final approval from the General Assembly, according to an article by Smart Brief.

When compared to last year, the construction industry in Illinois lost more jobs than any other industry in the state during November 2008. The construction industry employed 249,300 workers during November, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 254,400 workers during October and a 7.6 percent decrease from last year.

The state as a whole lost jobs during November. Illinois had a total non-farm employment of 5,936,400 workers during November, down from 5,959,400 workers during October and a .8 percent decrease from last year. The state had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent during November, the same as during October, but higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year employment decrease during November include:

  • manufacturing by 1.4 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by .3 percent
  • information by 1.7 percent
  • financial activities by 2.4 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 1 percent
  • other services by 2.2 percent
  • government by .3 percent
  • The natural resources and mining industry employed 9,800 workers during November, down from 9,900 workers during October, but the same as last year. The only industries that saw an over-the-year increase in employment during November are professional and business services by .4 percent and education and health services by 1 percent.

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