Illinois economy

State News
7:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Index to Illinois economy down for third straight month

Economist Fred Giertz

Reflecting a national slow-down, the Flash Index to the Illinois economy fell to 106-point-5 in April. The Flash Index has been declining ever since reaching a post-recession high in January of 107-point-2.

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State News
6:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor defends record of job creation

Illinois' unemployment rate last month was the second-highest in the country. More than nine-percent of people looking for work couldn't find it.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The job market improved in parts of Illinois; unemployment fell in seven of the state's 12 metro areas.  That includes Champaign-Urbana, the Metro East and Springfield. But other regions saw sharp hikes, including in Danville, Decatur and Peoria.  Each of those regions saw unemployment rates rise by more than a percentage point.

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