SPRINGFIELD – April 19, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today issued the following statement regarding March job creation and falling unemployment in Illinois.
“Our commitment to putting Illinois residents back to work is paying off. For the seventh straight month, unemployment numbers in Illinois have continued to fall. Last month, unemployment fell to 8.8 percent – the lowest it has been since February 2009. Today’s number is a testament to our solid efforts to create good jobs in Illinois.
“During March alone, we created 9,100 jobs. Since Illinois began its recovery in January 2010, we have added more than 142,100 private sector jobs. And the good news is that these jobs are being created in growing fields that pay a good wage: education, health services, professional sectors and manufacturing. In fact, today an international healthcare company announced plans to expand in Illinois.
“Baxter International, Inc. is the latest company to choose to expand operations in Illinois. Baxter will create more than 200 new, high-tech jobs as it expands a manufacturing facility in Round Lake. Baxter Chief Scientific and Innovation Officer Norbert Riedel is a member of my Innovation Council, which is one of the many tools we have implemented to help meet the needs of growing companies.
“Creating good jobs for the residents of Illinois is my top priority, and I work with CEOs on a regular basis to show them the many benefits Illinois can offer: from an infrastructure system that includes access to airports, rail, ports and interstates to our first-class universities and the best workforce in the world.”