Illinois News Network — December’s employment numbers show Illinois is continuing to lose jobs.
“For the first time since 2009, Illinois ended a year with fewer jobs than when we started,” said Jeff Mays, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. “Even as the nation gained more than 2.6 million jobs in 2015, Illinois lost 3,000,” he said regarding the December numbers.
While several sectors posted over-the-year losses, the biggest tumble was in manufacturing, which lost 14,000 jobs. Trade, transportation and utilities also showed a significant loss, about 6,900 jobs.
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