SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Todays maps and charts

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2013

* From a COGFA report on the Illinois economy. Click the pics for a larger view. Unemployment by counties…

* Unemployment is up…

* Illinois exports have slowed, at least partly due to the growing European recession…

- Posted by Rich Miller        


31 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:15 am:

    In addition to the European recession, China’s slowing down equipment purchases for mining, which caused CAT to revise their projected profits downward the other day.

    Still, CAT is a very healthy and profitable company. Looking at $60 billion or so in sales this year.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-22/caterpillar-profit-misses-analysts-estimates-on-mining-slowdown.html


  2. - I don't want to live in Teabagistan - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:15 am:

    There is the phenomenon that when an economy starts to pick up, more people start looking for work and unemployment numbers can go up. Is there any of this here?


  3. - OneMan - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:15 am:

    Interesting they do the graph colors on the state map so it is hard to tell what parts of the state are worse than others…


  4. - muon - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:17 am:

    The color coding in the map isn’t that helpful. IDES has a better scale in this document. It puts the top category at 10% instead of 8%.

    http://www.ides.illinois.gov/custom/library/statistic/LAUS/countymap.pdf


  5. - RonOglesby - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:20 am:

    Whats going on in Brown county and near quincy? why are they looking better than the rest of the state? (I really dont know).


  6. - Huggybunny - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:32 am:

    CAT can’t be doing too bad, if they can give their CEO a raise of 32%. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-22/business/chi-caterpillar-ceo-pay-20130422_1_retirement-plan-caterpillar-ceo-2012-profit


  7. - walkinfool - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:47 am:

    Thanks muon. Better version of same map.

    Distressing picture, either way.


  8. - iThink - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:52 am:

    I think this reinforces that something needs to be done concerning the business climate in Illinois. We have a lot to offer, but we need to do something that attracts employers? How to do that with out the continuing race to the bottom, I do not know. Though a $10 minimum wage ain’t gonna help.


  9. - fiefdomone - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:53 am:

    Okay, I’ll bite - what is going on in Brown County?


  10. - Quiet Sage - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:56 am:

    The higher Illinois unemployment rate relative to the U.S. could actually be a positive indicator for the state, as it may show that workers here have not given up their job searches (at which point they cease to be counted as unemployed).


  11. - Whatever - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 10:57 am:

    Per fief — and what’s going on in Quincy?


  12. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    That part of the state has always outperformed the rest of Illinois. Well, at least for the past 15-20 years or so. They have a lot to teach the rest of us.


  13. - Downstater - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:00 am:

    The Democrats running the State of Illinois in Springfield proudly wear this badge of ineptness and incompetence around their necks.
    All they want to do is keep spending money, not paying bills, and increasing debt.


  14. - RonOglesby - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:08 am:

    @Quiet

    —The higher Illinois unemployment rate relative to the U.S. could actually be a positive indicator for the state—

    Positive attitude! I love it.


  15. - LisleMike - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:08 am:

    What am I missing? What does the profitablity of Cat have to do with unemployment. Looks like a drive by snark, as does the raise given to CEO.
    If we cut his pay would employment go up?
    Employers are still waiting for Affordable Health Care Act costs to be determined. We offer OT to existing employees rather than hire new with unknown costs. Business is in business to make a profit. there is nothing wrong with that. They will do it wherever it suits them best. That is why Texas is luring, Wisc is luring, and Indiana is luring business from our state.
    All of the economic concerns for our state are haning like a sword over the business owners. History has shown that they are first taxed when revenue is needed.


  16. - RonOglesby - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:09 am:

    So no one here knows what is different about Brown county? Is there a huge employer there or something? or is it the same as everywhere else but local gov is doing something right?


  17. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:19 am:

    –What does the profitablity of Cat have to do with unemployment. Looks like a drive by snark,–

    How?

    It was an expansion on the point that exports are down because of European austerity. CAT is dialing back projections — and laying off workers in Decatur — because China mining orders are down.

    If pointing out that a company remains healthy and profitable despite that is snark, I think most businesses would take that arrow.

    Personally, I spent much of the 80s covering layoffs and plant shutdowns involving CAT, Deere, IH, Case, so I’m glad they’re healthy.


  18. - Caveman - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:20 am:

    @ Quiet Sage- Now that’s what I call an optimist!


  19. - LisleMike - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:39 am:

    @Word- apologies, I apparently combined other postings and included yours. BTW my dad got his start in Newspapering, covering Deere unionization in the 50’s for the Moline Dispatch. I recognize and applaud the effors!


  20. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 11:58 am:

    –So no one here knows what is different about Brown county?–

    Small farming county (6,900) with a state prison (WICC)?

    Quincy is a regional hub. Might explain something for Adams.


  21. - Bobbye - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 12:12 pm:

    First time post to your site although following for years.I read through this report and the only positive I could see was retail sales up well above inflation. To me unemployment is not as important as total employment (I like the household survey) Employment is way off and not recovering. I’m a regestered Democrat but my problem with Illinois is that with a super majority in both houses and Gov. they can’t pay the bills and solve the legacy issues. I’m afraid until they do growth will not happen.


  22. - anon - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 12:26 pm:

    wer: “CAT can’t be doing too bad, if they can give their CEO a raise of 32%”

    After CAT shoved a 50% wage cut on the workers in a plant in Canada and when the union didn’t accept it they shut the plant down and moved it to Ind.

    Maybe that’s where the CEO’s raise came from?


  23. - Judgment Day - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 12:50 pm:

    Quincy is not only a regional hub, it’s on the Mississippi, and it’s got a fair amount of AGRI business suppliers. And Agriculture had had a couple of good years in a row.

    Now that they have IL 336 from I-172 North from Quincy all the way up to 136, and the 4 lane to Macomb (WIU), we’re doing better. Now, we just have to get the rest finished over to Peoria.


  24. - anon - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 12:54 pm:

    You know the Chicago Metro unemployment data from the BLS is interesting.

    We see the civilian labor force going from 4,136,500 in Feb. to 4,091,300 in Mar. A loss of around 45,000 workers.

    And.. “Employed” went from 3,712,500 in Feb. to 3,704,600 in Mar. A loss of 8,000 workers

    Yet unemployed went from 424,000 to 386,700 a decrease of 38,000 people creating an unemployment rate improvement from 10.3% to 9.6%

    Is anyone buying those numbers? Really?

    38,000 unemployed workers just #poof# disappeared and they took 8,000 of the employed workers with them…IN ONE MONTH?

    This is supposed to be interpreted as improving conditions that is attracting more people into the workforce? How? Tell me how?

    http://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.il_chicago_md.htm

    Me thinks unemployment is really about 10.6% for Chicago metro instead of this magical massive improvement to 9.6% that has been published.


  25. - Small Town Liberal - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    - Is there a huge employer there or something? -

    Yes, DOT foods. Very large employer, small population county, nearly everyone works there.


  26. - Small Town Liberal - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 1:05 pm:

    *Dot Foods


  27. - anon - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 1:09 pm:

    wrt: “…I think this reinforces that something needs to be done concerning the business climate in Illinois. We have a lot to offer, but we need to do something that attracts employers?..”

    ——–

    Well in Chicago the way they do this is that the city council and the mayor block successful companies like Chick-Fil-A from expanding.

    Then make it difficult for anyone in the booming firearms business from doing business here.

    The Illinois Gov. manipulates state services in a manner whereas doctors cannot get a state license to do business here because of the backlogs. We don’t need those highly paid positions and their staff I guess.

    It gets worse…

    Caterpillar Layoffs: Company Will Cut 11% Of Workers At Decatur, Illinois Plant By June — 460 workers.

    U.S. Cellular plans 600 layoffs in latest WARN report - Chicago.

    in Danville, Illinois, where FreightCar America has announced the closure of its plant. The workforce of 250 workers, organized under the United Auto Workers, will be laid off at the end of April. The unemployment rate in February for Danville was 12.4 percent, up from 10.9 percent a year earlier.

    Ciba Vision Corporation, bought by Alcon Laboratories of Forth Worth, Texas, is closing a plant in Des Plaines, Illinois, laying off 262 plant workers.

    Minnesota-based Caribou Coffee, which went private this year, is closing a large number of Chicago-area cafes. It is estimated that 1,000 positions will be lost.

    The list goes on…


  28. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 1:32 pm:

    I believe it is better to look at the total workforce numbers:

    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST17000003


  29. - Cincinnatus - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 1:35 pm:

    Forgot to add, “and the U-6, which is not yet available for 2013.”


  30. - Cheswick - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 2:43 pm:

    I can’t be the only one who, upon hearing anything about Adams County or Quincy, thinks of Mike McClain. I wonder what he knows.


  31. - Just The Way It Is One - Wednesday, Apr 24, 13 @ 7:13 pm:

    No away around it but to call it what it is–except for (and hats off to our fellow Illinoisans gainfully employed and employING IN) Brown, Adams, and Monroe Counties, brutal. And, although Europe is no doubt mainly to blame, obviously not a much better picture on the Export scene–I, for one, AM glad that the Governor DID at least head off on his Economic Mission to MEXICO to stir up some more business, and Quinn’s friendship with China and ITS’ Government and Business Leaders, at least, sure can’t HURT the overall cause…!


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* What a long, strange weekend it was
* Unions file suit in St. Clair County
* Reader comments closed for the holiday weekend
* AG Madigan files TRO
* In re James Dimas
* Question of the day
* Weirdest. Oppo Dump. Ever.
* Big bucks reported by Zopp, Raja
* LIVE Comptroller Munger press conference coverage
* Yet another clock starts ticking down
* Hey, Cardinal fans...
* Rauner makes cheery visit to Illinois State Museum
* The Tier 2 difference
* *** UPDATED x4 *** Attorney General goes to court
* Credit Unions – Protecting Financial Futures
* GOP legislator wants "temporary, balanced budget"
* Food for thought
* The blame game
* Meanwhile, in the real world...
* When Indiana invaded Illinois
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Spec sheet for Huawei’s future 64-bit Kirin 950 processor emerges
        * ‘This War Of Mine’ available now for Android pre-order, get free PC copy
        * Oppo officially announces new crystal-backed Mirror 5s
        * Windows 10 RTM may reach partners later this week
        * Remix OS 1.5 now ready for Jide, Nexus 10 tablets
        * Apple Pay may launch in the UK next week, but with limits
        * Sony Xperia Z5 rumors return with talk of launch later this year

        * Potential Date For Next-Gen iPhone Announcement Revealed [Rumor]
        * World’s First Apple Watch Swimming App Put To The Test
        * New Zealand Safety Watchdogs Wants To Ban Wearables From The Roads
        * How These Five Gadgets Make Your Life Easier
        * Hub By Premier Inn Could Be The Hotel Of The Future
        * Microsoft’s Tossup App Helps Schedule Meetups With Friends & Family
        * Apple Reportedly Planning To Repackage Third-Party Accessories

        * Reliever Jones nears rehab assignment
        * Sale named to AL All-Star staff for fourth time
        * Chris Sale heading to All-Star Game for fourth time
        * White Sox lookback, Part 3: Konerko's slam
        * White Sox, Cubs to honor Minnie Minoso, Ernie Banks with throwback ...
        * Cubs and White Sox to honor legends Banks, Minoso
        * Podcast: Chris Sale goes for the record.

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        July 2015
        June 2015
        May 2015
        April 2015
        March 2015
        February 2015
        January 2015
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Bill allowing medical immunity for underage dri.....
        * Illinois budget fights affecting groups serving.....
        * Opinion: Does Gov. Rauner want shutdown more th.....


        * Deadly weekend in Chicago highlights city's gang warfare
        * Illinois' games in Springfield include in-state foes
        * Aretha Franklin sings praises of Illinois after highway help
        * Illinois basketball attendance down but 15th in the country
        * Bond set for Quincy man charged in July 4 fatal shooting
        * Ex-Illinois US Rep. Reynolds doesn't show for arraignment
        * Documents reveal details of Chicago woman's killing in Bali
        * New U of Illinois financial task force thinking long term
        * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
        * Ex-Illinois US Rep. Reynolds doesn't show for arraignment

        * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
        * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Despite budget deadlock, there are ways out
        * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
        * Springfield School District has paid nearly $500K in pension penalties in past 6 years
        * East St. Louis paid big legal fees to state senator's firm
        * Illinois Senate honors victims of Charleston church shootings
        * Bill would allow cameras in Illinois nursing homes
        * State employee lawsuit seeks assurance of full pay despite no budget
        * U of I freezes administration hiring over budget

        * Invenergy hauls in $2 billion from sale of wind farms
        * S&P's grade on Illinois budget talks: 'failure'
        * Traders forced to quit the pits setting up shop nearby
        * Another hospital is looking for a big brother
        * Chicago doesn't get a downgrade, for a change


          * Tinley Park girl, 3, drowns in Mokena pool
          * Lanes reopen after fatal crash on eastbound I-80 in Joliet
          * Emanuel defends policing plan
          * Boy, 16, killed, another seriously wounded in South Chicago shooting
          * Meghan Trainor postpones Chicago show due to vocal cord hemorrhage
          * Drill team mocks newsmakers; some Lake Bluff parade-goers offended
          * Illinois Democrats urge extension on train safety system deadline
          * Coroner: Pilot died of 'multiple traumatic injuries'
          * Gas leak forces evacuation of 14 homes, business in Aurora


          * Closing time for Chicago's trading pits
          * Boy, 7, killed during violent July 4 celebrations in Chicago
          * Southwest Side residents work toward racial healing
          * No more 'roar' as famed trading pits come to an end
          * Race to replace ex-Rep. Schock a classic GOP primary contest
          * Coping while black: A season of traumatic news takes a psychological toll
          * Emails show Emanuel, top officials aware of Clinton's private address
          * After pension payment, Chicago Public Schools to make $200M in cuts
          * CPS, Emanuel warn of deep cuts, layoffs to school district
          * The legacy of Willie Dixon on his 100th birthday


          * ACLU seeks federal enforcement of Illinois child services
          * Fullerton, Konar and Reif: Pope Francis' message a chance for Illinois to plan ethically for climate change
          * Despite state budget deadlock, there are ways out
          * Bernard Schoenburg: Independent redistricting proposal could be on 2016 ballot
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
          * Statehouse Insider: Take the over on when this impasse is going to end
          * Springfield School District has paid nearly $500K in pension penalties in past 6 years
          * Letter: Rauner being set up for a fall
          * Angie Muhs: A year later, optimistic and grateful
          * East St. Louis paid big legal fees to state senator's firm


          * Bond set for man accused of bank robbery
          * Baby-sitter charged with criminal sexual assault of a child
          * Ranked 15th in attendance, Illini won't fall because of move to Springfield
          * News-Gazette Sports Page 07-06-15
          * Area Calendar
          * South Carolina Senate votes to take down flag; House OK still needed
          * Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex
          * Marcfirst to break ground for two duplexes
          * July 7 UI women's basketball, volleyball, soccer and baseball chat
          * Illini announce Springfield lineup


          * Grams signs through 2021 with Elgin Symphony
          * Rizzo, Bryant heading to All-Star Game
          * Images: Bryant, Rizzo, Sale selected for MLB All-Star Game
          * Mom of man who died in fireworks accident says rules too lax
          * Fiorina and super PAC to report raising almost $5 million

          * House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
          * Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
          * The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
          * Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
          * Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
          * CBD Oil, and politics
          * Simon considering state Senate bid
          * Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
          * Shutdown? State may not notice
          * Rep. Bob Dold

          * Letter to Ukraine's prime minister suppose......
          * Lawmakers blame Congress for flawed brakin......
          * Give Metra time, money for safety mandate:......

          * Environmental group to launch $1 million a......
          * Environmental group to launch $1M ad campa......
          * Space Grant Program restored to encourage ......

          * "The Late Shift"
          * Day Two: No budget; One month budget extension passes Senate, fails in House
          * Rubio in Chicago Tuesday
          * Rep. Sosnowski Explains Illinois' Partial Government Shutdown [video]
          * NRA warns against equating same-sex marriage with gun rights
          * Rep. McSweeney opts out of legislative pay if budget impasse means state employees do not get paid
          * Ted Cruz endorses Flynn in tomorrow's special 18th CD GOP primary
          * Annual Procession of Vietnamese Monks This Wednesday
          * The Cub Factor: The Real Big 3
          * The Real Big 3


          * State, Teamsters Reach Tentative Agreement - Workers at IDOT, DHS, IDES, and CMS in Cook County to Vote on New Contract
          * Governor Rauner Extends Tax Filing and Payment Deadlines for Businesses and Individuals Impacted by Recent Tornado - Deadlines Pushed to December 31, 2015
          * Illinois EPA Releases Annual Report on Landfill Capacity
          * IDNR Urges Public to Leave Fireworks Displays to Those Who Are Licensed and Trained - Fireworks Show Sponsors Reminded to Check Credentials of Fireworks Vendors
          * Governor Receives Initial Criminal Justice Commission Report




              Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller