A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that Illinois lost 24,900 jobs in July—more than any other state in the nation, according to Senator Tim Bivins.

Illinois lost a combined 32,200 jobs in June and July, even more than California and Ohio, two states with notoriously bad job climates that both added jobs during those months.

According to the Bureau, the number of employed in Illinois continues to drop, and the state’s unemployment rate has increased to 9.5 percent—exceeding the national unemployment rate.

The nonpartisan research organization Illinois Policy Institute drew a correlation between the dismal employment numbers and the state’s January tax increase, lack of government spending reforms, and the state’s massive backlog of unpaid bills." />

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