Illinois has the highest jobless rate in the Midwest, and the third-highest in the nation.
But if that's not bad enough, it gets worse: Illinois’ jobless rate has gone up more in the last five years than any other state in the nation.
Despite this dismal record, cheerleaders for the state government cite various studies to support a claim that the state is making a comeback and leading the Midwest.
Illinois’ recovery from the Great Recession has been hindered by self-inflicted wounds. After the 2011 tax hikes, the Illinois jobless rate jumped from 9.4% to 10.2%. The U.S. average declined in the same period. That’s not a comeback.
As for leading the Midwest?
Illinois is the only state in the Midwest where unemployment has gone up in the last five years.