Job creation is a big issue for a state that has a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, higher than the national average. At the first meeting of the House Business Growth and Incentives Committee, Adam Pollet, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, talked about the state's job growth.

“No. 1 priority, No. 1 objective of this agency is job creation,” Pollet said. “And the reason why I say that to start is because we’re pretty confident that if we do job creation, if we get that right, a lot of the other things that we’re all considered about and that want to talk about are going to come along.”

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Pollet says though the state needs a lot of work, good things have happened.

“Under this administration we have created 167,000 private-sector jobs in the state, nearly 40,000 of those manufacturing jobs. I think just broadly speaking that’s the context of which we’re working, which is to say there are positive trends, positive things, a core of growth to build on,” Pollet said.

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