Gov. Pat Quinn says it’s understandable that the unemployment rate was up even as jobs were added.
Quinn says as the economy is improving, the unemployed, who gave up on job searches, are picking up where they left off, adding to the unemployment numbers. “I think what’s happening is people who are discouraged and not part of the labor market or even looking for a job are seeing the opportunities and coming back into the labor market searching for jobs,” Quinn said.
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The unemployment rate in October was 10.1 percent, up from 10 percent in September despite Illinois adding 30,000 jobs.
Meanwhile, as new members were appointed to the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, the group that oversees U.S. Cellular Field where the White Sox play, Quinn believes those on the authority should get together and make a decision not to accept perks like free tickets and parking. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has the authority to appoint some members, says his new appointments have been ordered not to accept perks. Asked if the state should buy Wrigley Field, something that the state looked at once before, Quinn said no.