Other than Chicago and Rockford, local government employment is flat or down considering September of last year versus September of this year.

Ron Payne, manager of workforce analysis and dissemination for the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says that's as opposed to state and federal government.

“It's mostly, instead of budget issues, more to do with simple belt-tightening,” says Payne. “I don't know if some of the counties and municipalities and whatnot are cutting back on the work that they do, but I think, overall, it's more the belt-tightening issue than anything.”


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Payne would not touch the question of whether the unsettled state budget situation and legislative dysfunction are to blame. That would be for, say, a local mayor to decide.

As for Illinois' capital city, Payne says, “In Sangamon and Menard County, the government sector was down 400, and of that, all of it was in local government. The federal government and state government held steady over the year.”


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