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Illinois among the slowest job recovery states




SPRINGFIELD – How is Illinois' job market recovering after the COVID-19 pandemic? Not so good.

Illinois is among the slowest-recovering ten states – 43rd out of 50. Just behind California and before New York.

Newly-released data for September from the Labor Department confirms that Republican governors and legislatures are leading the way in getting Americans back to work. 

Illinois – led by a Democrat governor and a Democrat super-majority in the Illinois legislature – lost 824,200 jobs during the pandemic, and has regained only 494,900 – 60% of the total lost, placing Illinois among the slowest recovering seven states. 

  • More jobs are being recovered and unemployment is lower in red states.
  • 17 of the top 20 states for jobs recovered since the coronavirus pandemic began are led by Republican governors, and 18 of the top 20 states have Republican-controlled legislatures.
  • The top 14 states for jobs recovered are all led by Republicans.

Two Republican-led states – Idaho and Utah – have more jobs than when the pandemic hit.

  • 24 Republican-led states have recovered at least two-thirds of their lost jobs.
    • Republican-led states on average have recovered 80 percent of their lost jobs compared to just 67 percent for Democrat-run states.
    • Two Democrat-run states – Louisiana and Hawaii – have failed to recover even half of the jobs lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The top-recovering states: 


The worst recovering states: 

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