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The relatively slow economic recovery in Illinois following the 2009 recession has been a frequent topic of debate among policymakers, business leaders, and the news media, with each group judging the state’s performance using a different measure. Business starts and employment, or unemployment, rates are commonly cited, but others argue that changing labor force participation rates may have caused unemployment rates to lose some of their traditional meaning.
post-recession recovery, Illinois, labor force participation rates, unemployment rates
Walzer, Norman and Harger, Brian, "Unemployment, Labor Force Participation and the Illinois Work Force" (2016). Reports, Whitepapers, Articles, and Other Publications. 32.
Center for Governmental Studies
Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies