Chicago In spite of a report last week from the Illinois Department of Economic Security that nine of 10 Illinois metropolitan areas suffered from job losses in October, Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Jack Ryan claimed in a press release today that America has seen "amazing" economic growth and is not suffering from a jobless recovery.
"The President's tax cuts, which injected an estimated $33 billion into the economy, spurred this amazing growth," Ryan said, referring to the recent rise in the GDP. "This is not a jobless recovery - 300,000 new jobs have been created in the past 3 months, and this recovery has just started." [Ryan press release, 12/1/03]
Huh? Let's review the facts Jack.
In the last year, each of the following Illinois metro areas has lost jobs:
Bloomington-Normal: 700 jobs
Champaign-Urbana: 900 jobs
Chicago: 49,000 jobs
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island: 1,900 jobs
Decatur: 400 jobs
Kankakee: 500 jobs
Peoria-Pekin: 800 jobs
Rockford: 3,200 jobs
Springfield: 2,800 jobs
The only metro area to gain jobs was St. Louis with a 400 job growth. [Illinois Department of Employment Security, release, 11/25/2003].
"A grand total of 198,300 jobs have been lost in Illinois since George W. Bush took office. Only three states - California, New York and Ohio - have lost more. This is no 'amazing' recovery," said Stacey Zolt, spokeswoman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. [U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 10/03]
"Stick to the facts, Jack. Bush's policies have forced entire factories to close, including Maytag in Galesburg and significant job cuts at Caterpillar and other major Illinois companies. More of the same failed Republican economic rhetoric has not and will not bring back the precious jobs lost throughout Illinois," Zolt said.