(Illinois Public Policy) Illinois has not had a net gain in private-sector job opportunities in nearly 17 years. In January 2000, Illinois had 5,176,800 private-sector jobs. As of March 2016, the most recent month of Bureau of Labor Statistics data, Illinois had just 5,175,900 private-sector jobs.
This analysis doesn't change much with government jobs factored in because overall government payrolls have barely budged over the same time period. Besides, the private sector creates the entirety of economic output and the lion's share of employment opportunities, and the private sector is in need of relief from taxes, red tape and other government-imposed roadblocks in Illinois.
Hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans have been left idle as economic opportunity has bypassed the state, and hundreds of thousands more have headed to states that are richer in opportunity. Dozens of other states with less red tape, lower taxes and more jobs growth have been gaining residents from Illinois.
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