* The Associated Press takes a look at some of Gov. Pat Quinn’s claimed job creation data…
Quinn said $43 billion the state is spending on the Illinois Jobs Now! public-works program and the Move Illinois toll way construction project are “supporting more than half a million jobs.”
Anderson, his spokeswoman, said 439,000 jobs would be created over the next six years through the $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! project, plus 130,000 construction jobs and 120,000 permanent jobs courtesy of the $12 billion toll way project. That’s a combined 689,000 jobs. […]
The state actually has 5.78 million non-farm jobs, according to the state Department of Employment Security. So 689,000 jobs actually would be more than 10 percent of all jobs in the state.
For comparison, Illinois’ construction sector currently employs 185,000
So, the Quinn administration is claiming that almost all the construction jobs in the state were created by some Tollway work?