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Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in Illinois

May 14, 2017

Belleville News-Democrat

Jobless giving up, so are rest of Illinois residents

Unemployment is an important measure of an economy's health, but it is only part of the picture. Those who have given up on ever finding a job is a hidden, truer measure.

That number is improving across the nation. One in three of the jobless Americans have given up looking for work this year compared to two out of five last year.

Illinois? You guessed it.

Illinois has gone from one in three in 2015 to two of five in 2016 and was closing in this spring on half of the jobless giving up hope.

Express Employment Professionals CEO Bob Funk, who...