As the nation and most industries continue to weather the current economic recession, more Illinois construction jobs are being lost.
The State of Illinois‘ construction industry lost 13,400 jobs during December 2008. During the last four months, the construction industry has decreased by 28,300 Illinois jobs, more than 10 percent of the industry’s total workforce. The trade and transportation industry also saw a big decrease, losing 8,600 jobs during December, while the manufacturing industry lost 5,200 jobs.
Throughout the state, payroll employment decreased by 36,000 jobs during December, the seventh consecutive month Illinois has lost jobs. During November and December, Illinois lost a total of 73,600 jobs, the largest two-month decrease since 1990. There were a total of 505,300 unemployed people during December, higher than the 500,000 in February 1992.