FAST FIVE: Illinois Has Created No Net New Jobs In 20 Years

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Those job losses put Illinois third-last in the country when comparing employment in 2022 vs.

Only Michigan, which suffered massive auto industry losses during the Great Recession, and Mississippi fared worse than Illinois.  In contrast, a state like Florida grew its employment rolls by 2.9 million, or 40 percent.

Illinois stands out even among its neighbors, which many might expect to fare poorly as Midwestern states.

But aside from Michigan, all created jobs.

Missouri, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Iowa all increased employment by more than 100,000 each.

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