unemployment http://wuis.org en Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S. http://wuis.org/post/employment-improves-illinois-still-lags-us <p>The latest state job numbers are out and the news for Illinois is mixed. The unemployment rate is down. But fewer people were hired than expected, and Illinois still lags the nation.</p><p>Illinois' March unemployment rate is 8.4 percent. That's the best it's been in more than five years, but it's still among the worst rates in the country.</p><p>On top of that, officials blame the unseasonably cold weather for the fact that fewer jobs were added in March than in the previous month.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 23245 at http://wuis.org Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S. Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" http://wuis.org/post/brady-says-his-debate-remark-was-insensitive <p>Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was ``insensitive'' when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.</p><p>The state senator from Bloomington told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register Wednesday he ``didn't take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don't want to be on unemployment.'' &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:53:54 +0000 Associated Press 18441 at http://wuis.org Brady Says His Debate Remark Was "Insensitive" Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits http://wuis.org/post/durbin-pushing-extend-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin continues to push for an extension of unemployment benefits. He says it’ll be the first priority when the U.S. Senate reconvenes next week.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Durbin says 83,000 </span>Illinoisans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-12-30/news/chi-illinois-among-hardest-hit-as-extended-jobless-benefit-vanishes-20131230_1_benefits-program-additional-unemployment-benefits-emergency-program">lost unemployment benefits</a> on January first.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 17280 at http://wuis.org Durbin Pushing To Extend Unemployment Benefits Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation http://wuis.org/post/illinois-unemployment-second-highest-nation <p>With national unemployment at its lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, the numbers keep going the wrong way in several parts of Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peoria, Danville, and Decatur all saw unemployment increase by more than a percentage point.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7732 at http://wuis.org Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law http://wuis.org/post/decatur-job-troubles-spur-business-law <p>Thursday's unemployment numbers show Decatur is once again lagging the rest of Illinois. That long-term trend is partly responsible for a new law aimed at changing the way Illinois handles economic development.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Decatur, 13.2 percent of job-seekers can't find work. State Sen. Andy </span>Manar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — a Democrat whose district includes Decatur — says that's part of the reason he thought it was time to blow up the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and start over.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:27:44 +0000 Brian Mackey 7730 at http://wuis.org Decatur Job Troubles Spur Business Law Maufacturing Losses Lead To Decatur's Rise In Unemployment http://wuis.org/post/maufacturing-losses-lead-decaturs-rise-unemployment <p>Illinois has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation.&nbsp; And Decatur has the highest in the state.<br><br>Caterpillar announced hundreds of layoffs this summer and that is now showing up in the jobless rate.&nbsp; Decatur's rate has gone up to 13.2 percent, 2 full percentage points above where it was a year ago.&nbsp; And it's also at the highest level it's been this time of year in about three decades. &nbsp;<br> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:18:15 +0000 Sean Crawford 7728 at http://wuis.org Maufacturing Losses Lead To Decatur's Rise In Unemployment