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Illinois Construction Jobs Created by New Plan

Posted on July 13, 2009

A new plan will help create hundreds of thousands of Illinois construction jobs during the more future.

Gov. Pat Quinn recently announced the creation of Illinois Jobs Now!, a $31 billion plan meant to aid the state’s lagging economy by creating 439,000 jobs during the next six years. This is the first statewide capital construction effort to become law during in more than a decade.

“This is a crucial economic recovery initiative that will generate what’s needed most in Illinois: jobs, jobs, jobs,” Quinn said. “Illinois Jobs Now! provides many long-awaited improvements to our bridges and roads, transportation networks, schools and communities.”

Aside from creating traditional construction positions, the new plan will help to create several new green-collar jobs focused on weatherization. The plan also will help protect and improve the state’s fresh water supplies. On top of that, it will help advance the high-speed rail from Chicago to St. Louis, which will decrease traffic and emissions.

“With Illinois Jobs Now!, our state rises to the challenge of building a viable green economy for the 21st Century that serves our people and strengthens our businesses,” Quinn added.

The project’s Web site allows you to view all planned projects, all Illinois Department of Transportation projects or projects by community.

The new jobs may be able to revive Illinois’ construction industry, which has took a considerable hit because of the current economy. The state’s construction industry employed 225,700 workers during May, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 228,100 workers during April and a 13.7 percent decrease from last year.

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