Illinois’ economy increases 2.49 percent in past 6 months

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn had good news for the state in July when he announced the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia found Illinois had the highest economic growth in the Midwest over the past six months. Illinois had an economic  increase of 2.49 percent in the past six months. Ohio followed closely behind Illinois with a growth of 2.3 percent. Third through fifth place was Nebraska (1.94 percent), North Dakota (1.68 percent) and Iowa 1.46 percent. Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan, South Dakota and Kansas and growth between 1.51 percent and .6 percent, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

States outside of the Midwest with economic growth between 1.5 percent and 4.5 percent were Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, Montana, Utah, Idaho and California.

Quinn also announced Illinois added more than 242,000 private-sector jobs since the beginning of 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are now the highest number of people working in Illinois since February 2009.

Businesses in Illinois should work with Chicago recruiters to find the most qualified candidates for their open positions.