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Chicago Unemployment Rate On Par With Nation

Nationwide, 4.4% of the American labor force is unemployed, a large improvement from the recessionary unemployment peak of 9.9% in 2010. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, the unemployment rate of 4.3% is roughly similar to the national figure and far lower than the city’s recessionary peak unemployment rate of 11.1%. The industry composition within a […]

Why Doctors Earn Less in Illinois

There are more medical doctors in the top 1% of earners than any other profession. The average salary of family and general practitioners nationwide is $192,120. Doctors who choose to specialize can earn even higher salaries. Anesthesiologists, for example, are among the highest paid medical professionals, earning about $258,000 a year on average. The average […]

Specialized Production Workers Are the Most Iconic Job in Illinois

Whether it is a gaming supervisor in Nevada, a farm worker in California, an extraction worker in North Dakota, or a petroleum engineer in Texas, one occupation is often more strongly associated with a state than any other. Such iconic occupations can be identified across the country, and often highlight each state’s unique contribution to […]

Illinois Unemployment Steady in 2016

With 2016 unemployment rates of 2.7%, New Hampshire and South Dakota replaced North Dakota as the states with the lowest unemployment rates — the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday. New Mexico’s 6.7% unemployment rate is the highest in the country, pushing West Virginia and Nevada out of that position. National unemployment figures were […]

Illinois Has Added 17,400 Jobs Since the Great Recession

The U.S. economy has changed drastically in the past decade. As the housing bubble burst and the economy spiraled into the worst recession the country has faced since the Great Depression, unemployment hit a multi-decade high of 10% in 2009. Despite major setbacks, the U.S. economy began improving in June 2009, and many parts of […]

Illinois is the 10th Hardest State to Find Full-Time Work

More than a quarter million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in July, and the official unemployment rate remained unchanged at just under 5%, according to the latest jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, some of these jobs were undesired part-time positions, and the official unemployment rate often gives an incomplete […]

Chicago’s Unemployment Rate is Higher than Most Cities

The U.S. unemployment rate hit 4.8% in December, down from 5.4% the year before. Job market improvements across the country point to a broad recovery from the Great Recession. The recovery, however, is anything but uniform. While unemployment rates in 23 metro areas are lower than 3%, they are greater than 10% in 12 metro […]

Chicago is the 22nd Best City to Find Great Jobs

When thinking of relocation, Americans consider an area’s job prospects as among the most important factors. While other factors such as the school system or the cost of housing may play a role, a job ensures the viability of the relocation. Of course, one person’s great job may not suit another person’s skill set. Still, […]

Illinois Has the 13th Lowest Share of People on Disability

More than 10 million Americans received Social Security disability benefits in 2014. These benefits — paid to disabled workers, disabled widows and widowers, and some other disabled adults — totaled $11.4 billion per month nationwide, a substantial increase from the $6.1 billion paid monthly a decade earlier. The number of disability beneficiaries varies between states. […]

Illinois is the 10th Cheapest State to Fix Your Car

Automobiles are one of the most expensive purchases many Americans make in their lifetimes. A car or truck’s sticker price is only the beginning of this expense, however, as maintenance and repair — both anticipated and otherwise — can be costly. Just how expensive a visit to the mechanic can be varies dramatically depending on […]

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