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Obama Touting Jobs For Illinois Where He's Been The Least Effective

- February 25, 2014

Today, Obama Will Announce A New Digital Manufacturing Hub Based In Chicago. "President Barack Obama planned to announce on Tuesday that two new manufacturing institutes aimed at creating quality jobs would be located in Chicago and Detroit and be supported by $140 million in federal funds, the White House said in a statement. In an afternoon event, Obama will say that both of the institutes will be led by the Defense Department. The Detroit institute will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, while the Chicago-based hub will be based around digital manufacturing and design technologies." ("Obama To Announce $140 Million To Support Job Hubs In Chicago, Detroit," Reuters, 2/25/14)

ILLINOIS' MANUFACTURING SECTOR HAS STRUGGLED UNDER OBAMA AND GOVERNOR PAT QUINN

"The State's [Illinois] Reliance On Manufacturing, Especially Outside Chicago, Has Slowed Its Recovery." (Ameet Sachdev, "Illinois' Economic Recovery Seems Stuck In Low Gear," The Chicago Tribune , 1/5/14)

  • Chicago Tribune Headline: "Illinois' Economic Recovery Seems Stuck In Low Gear." (Ameet Sachdev, "Illinois' Economic Recovery Seems Stuck In Low Gear," The Chicago Tribune , 1/5/14)

Since Pat Quinn Became Governor In 2009, Illinois Has Lost 44,400 Manufacturing Workers, At Least Twice As Many As Any Other State In The Midwest. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, Accessed 2/24/14)

  • In 2013 Alone, Illinois Manufacturing Employment Fell By 4,400. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, Accessed 2/24/14)

Since 2010, Illinois Has Recovered Less Than 20 Percent Of The Manufacturing Jobs Lost During The Recession, The Second Lowest Rate Of Its Neighbors. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, Accessed 2/24/14)

ILLINOIS' BROADER ECONOMY HAS ALSO STRUGGLED UNDER OBAMA AND QUINN

Illinois' Unemployment Rate Of 8.6 Percent Is Significantly Above The National Unemployment Rate Of 6.7 Percent, And Is The 3rd Highest In The Nation. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment, Accessed 2/25/14)

  • Illinois' Unemployment Rate Stood At 8.0 Percent When Quinn And Obama Took Office In January 2009. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment, Accessed 2/25/14)

The Number Of Unemployed Illinoisans Has Risen By 36,892 Since Quinn And Obama Took Office In January 2009 To December 2013. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Accessed 2/25/14)

  • During Quinn And Obama's Tenure, Illinois' Labor Force Participation Rate Has Fallen From 67 Percent In January 2009 To 65 Percent In December 2013. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, Accessed 2/25/14)

Nearly One Third Of Homes In Illinois - Nearly 775,000 - Are "Deeply Underwater" And Are Worth Less Than 25 Percent Of What The Homeowners Owe On Their Mortgage. "A new report says almost one-third of Illinois homes are 'deeply underwater' meaning that they're worth at least 25 percent less than what's owed on the loans. The report released today by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac says that represents almost 775,000 Illinois homes. The report is based on data from December." ("Almost A Third Of Illinois Homes Deemed 'Deeply Underwater,'" The Associated Press, 1/9/14)

POVERTY IN ILLINOIS HAS INCREASED

The Poverty Rate Has Increased From 12.3 Percent The Year Before Quinn And Obama Took Office To 12.6 Percent In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau , Current Population Survey, 2013 Annual Social And Economic Supplement, Accessed 2/25/14)

  • 44,000 People Have Entered Poverty Since Quinn And Obama Took Office, Reaching 1.6 Million In 2012. (U.S. Census Bureau , Current Population Survey, 2013 Annual Social And Economic Supplement, Accessed 2/25/14)

Median Household Income In Illinois Has Fallen By $1,516 While Quinn Has Been Governor. (U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplements, Accessed 2/25/14)

740,610 Illinoisans Have Joined Food Stamps From FY 2008 To FY 2013, A 57 Percent Increase. (U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Accessed 2/25/14)

  • 2,040,053 Illinoisans, 15.8 Percent Of The State's Population, Were On Food Stamps In FY 2013. (U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Accessed 1/28/14; U.S. Census Bureau, State & County QuickFacts, Accessed 2/25/14)

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