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Illinois Job Picture? It's a Wash!

The report found 2005 median household income showed only a modest gain of $775, after a sharp decline in the early years of the decade. Even so, the gain outpaced national growth. But the state continued to lose jobs from the high-paying manufacturing sector. "Since 1990, we've been losing about 15,000 manufacturing jobs a year on average," said Paul Kleppner, one of the NIU researchers on the report. "This time around, it was only 8,900, so that's something of an improvement." The loss of jobs in the high-paying information sector continued, with 2,000 jobs lost. Since 2001, there has been a nearly 21 percent loss of such jobs. Download entire article in PDF format.

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