Prime working population abandoning Illinois

Digger deeper into the census data that already has shown that Illinois is losing population, the Illinois Policy Institute discovers that prime workforce population is leading the state's decline:

Not only is Illinois hemorrhaging its current workforce, but population losses are also compromising its future workforce. Decline in Illinois’ youngest population cohorts are more severe than in the rest of the nation. From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois’ population ages 0-24 declined by 1.2 percent while it declined by 0.2 percent in the rest of the U.S.

Indeed, the second key difference between Illinois and the nation is that the prime working-age population is declining in Illinois but growing in other U.S. states.

From July 2016 to July 2017, Illinois’ prime working-age population declined 0.8 percent while it grew 0.4 percent nationally. In every prime working-age population cohort (ages 25 to 29, 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44, 45 to 49 and 50 to 54) Illinois saw weaker growth than the nation as a whole.


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