Skip to comments.It’s all about jobs in Illinois – Just 900 of them
Posted on 07/02/2014 12:11:46 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Welcome to Illinois! The Land of Lincoln… home to the City of the Big Shoulders… a great place to get a thick, round, casserole-like dish which the locals mysteriously refer to as “pizza.” One thing that you probably shouldn’t hope to get in Illinois, though, is a job. Because from August of last year until this May the entire state managed to generate … 900 of them.
A report by the Illinois Policy Institute finds that only 500 jobs were created in the state from August 2013 to May 2014, ranking it among the worst in the country over that period. Among Midwestern states, Illinois ranked last, well behind the next closest, South Dakota.
The time period corresponds with the academic year, with IPI noting that there was about one job created for every 300 high school seniors.
This year alone, Illinois is last in job creation and one of just four states with negative job creation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the state has lost 26,300 jobs since January.
Things are tough all over, but what could explain this? It’s impossible to point to any single factor, but here are a few that might come to mind:
For one thing, Illinois is the 5th highest taxed state in the nation. And that’s only because they still have to compete with states like New York, California and Connecticut. (Tough competition.)
The state is also in the ten most restrictive states when it comes to gun rights. Crime may be a big problem in Illinois, but don’t try taking any steps to defend yourself.
Illinois is also home to the 4th most dangerous city in the country for women who wish to avoid being raped, assaulted or killed. (Shockingly, that city is Springfield, which somehow beat out Chicago for the honors.)
There are others should you wish to browse, but that provides a pretty good flavor of the situation. What explains all of these dubious top rankings? Could it be the long history of extensively liberal policies, repression of business and nanny state intrusion?
Naw… that couldn’t be it.
This is what happens when rats are in charge from the top of a state, to big cities and most counties.
If you don't live in Illinois like I do, consider that Illinois is in many ways a proxy for the USA. Tremendous wealth, natural resources, productive people, and intellectual assets are being wantonly squandered and wasted by Democrats who enjoy One Party Rule.
Democrat General Assembly
Democrat State Senate
And of course the largest city in the state is under One Party Rule also. Look at this map:
You can lose 99 out of 102 Illinois counties and still be elected Governor. That's what Pat Quinn did in 2010. It hasn't always been this way - this was the first time since 1852 that the Democrats won the Governership three terms in a row. With any luck it will be the last.
why we should go to one county majority equals one vote.
RE: You can lose 99 out of 102 Illinois counties and still be elected Governor
The state must be very sparsely populated with most of the people concentrated near the Chicago area... such that the sheer number of votes from Chicago alone (Both living and dead :) ) could overcome the votes of the rest of the state...
I tend to think its this way in most states. The urban areas determine who wins elections. I still think the electoral votes should go to the candidate who carries the most counties - We sure need an overhaul in this country.
In which town do you live? I live near Mundelein. I’m a former chairman of the IL Center Right Coalition, a conservative, statewide group that was founded in 2003. Our site is www.illinoiscenterright.com.
How many of them were government jobs? They drain the economy rather than boosting it.