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Plan Could Create Illinois Jobs

Posted on October 9, 2008

A new plan could help create Illinois jobs.

The unemployment rate in Illinois increased by .4 percent from July to August. With the national and local economy lagging, the state is hoping to construct a jobs plan, according to an article by the Daily Eastern News.

“In these financially difficult times, when national economic instability is hurting our Illinois workers, it is evident that Illinois needs a statewide comprehensive jobs plan,” Maureen O’Donnell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said in the article.

If Illinois wants its economy to remain somewhat stable, it should continue to focus on preventative work, such as the new jobs bill the state has endorsed. The bill hopes to protect Illinois workers’ jobs through regulation standards in industries.

“The proposed jobs bill would create work for hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, absorb the effects of job losses and positively impact our economy,” O’Donnell added.

Charleston, in particular, has benefited from Eastern Illinois University and Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, and has seen stable unemployment rates.

“The demand for positions in the health services and education fields left Central Illinois relatively stable,” Dennis Hoffman, key market analyst for the Southern Region Office of the IDES, said in the article. “But unemployment always swings back and forth like a pendulum. Just last year Illinois tied its record low from 1999 at 4.1 percent.”

The increase in unemployment is particularly due to the manufacturing industry, which accounts for most of the jobs in Southern and Central Illinois. Coles County was recently moved off the poverty warning list compiled by the Heartland Alliance Mid-America Institute on Poverty. Increased graduation rates and decreased teen pregnancy rates have caused Coles County’s quality of life to increase.

“Although employer hiring has expanded moderately or remained stable, and despite the relative strength and diversity of Illinois’ regional economies, it is clear that the national economic instability is poorly affecting employment in areas throughout the state,” O’Donnell said in the article. “The employment situation underscores the need for a jobs plan that can help put Illinoisans to work.”

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