unemployment http://tspr.org en Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture http://tspr.org/post/mixed-news-illinois-jobs-picture <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wnij/files/styles/card_280/public/201304/jobs.jpg" alt="" /><p>Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Mike Moen 55214 at http://tspr.org Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture A Slow Go for Illinois' Economy http://tspr.org/post/slow-go-illinois-economy <p>An economist predicts raising the minimum wage would hurt already poor job growth in Illinois.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:00:34 +0000 Emily Boyer 50622 at http://tspr.org A Slow Go for Illinois' Economy Durbin Pushing for Unemployment Assistance http://tspr.org/post/durbin-pushing-unemployment-assistance <p>U-S Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) said one of his first priorities when the Senate reconvenes will be to call for an extension of unemployment benefits. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:20:47 +0000 Brian Mackey 47056 at http://tspr.org Durbin Pushing for Unemployment Assistance Real Reform Could Spur Job Growth http://tspr.org/post/real-reform-could-spur-job-growth <p>Superficial reforms are failing, I reckon.</p><p>U.S. employers in March hired at the slowest rate since last June, adding just 88,000 jobs to non-farm payrolls, with steep job cuts in retail and government sectors, including 12,000 at the U.S. Postal Service, according to the U.S. Labor Department’s monthly report released April 5.</p><p>Economists had forecast the month’s gain to be about 190,000.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:08:49 +0000 Bill Knight 32221 at http://tspr.org Real Reform Could Spur Job Growth A Third of IL Residents in or very Near Poverty http://tspr.org/post/third-il-residents-or-very-near-poverty <p>A third of Illinois residents live in, or a very near poverty levels. That’s the finding of a&nbsp; new report which also shows some of the counties with the highest poverty rates are in Western Illinois. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:11:11 +0000 Scott Stuntz 27352 at http://tspr.org A Third of IL Residents in or very Near Poverty