The picture for job growth in Illinois is bleak, according to a government forecaster. Dan Long, executive director of the Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, told a gathering of two Illinois House committees Wednesday in Springfield that Illinois is lagging much of the nation in job growth and the jobs the state is adding are low-paying ones.
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State Rep. Elaine Nekrtiz (D-Northbrook) questioned whether this was just a case of Illinois being slow to recover from a recession. Long said no. “If you look at some of the data, there’s job growth in a number of other states,” said Long. “When you look at the rankings, we’re simply ranked very low.” Long says sectors that pay the most have seen the most job loss over the last five years, while sectors that pay the least have seen the most growth.