Employment is a bone of contention in the race for governor. Republican candidate Bruce Rauner says the Quinn Administration is bad for small business. “We need to support small business. Unfortunately, Illinois has become hostile to small business, with our regulations and with our taxes in particular,” he said. But Adam Pollett, director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, says tech-sector biggies are coming to Illinois and hiring.
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“When you have companies like Uber and Google and eBay making choices about where they’re going to put their next largest footprint, where they’re going to have offices and where they’re going to grow their employee base, and all of them want and maybe even need to be in Illinois, you know that there is a ton of progress that has been made in just a few short years,” he said.
In terms of job numbers:
? Non-farm payroll employment in Illinois is 5.8 million jobs (Aug. 14)
? This number is up 34,000 since Quinn became governor (Jan. 09)
? Illinois has gained 253,000 since the nadir of the recession (Jan. 2010)
? Illinois is still 157,000 short of the pre-recession high (Jan. 08)
(SOURCE: Illinois Department of Employment Security)