Giving up hope to find a job seems to be a growing sentiment here in this state according to a poll among our state’s jobless.
A survey conducted by Harris Poll for Express Employment Professionals, a staffing agency, in March and April found 44 percent of jobless people in Illinois said they had completely given up looking for a job. That is higher than the 41 percent who said the same last year and the 33 percent who said so in 2015.
Nationally, by contrast, 33 percent of jobless Americans in the recent survey said they’d stopped looking for work, an improvement from 40 percent last year.
“Economic and political factors unique to Illinois may be at play here,” Bob Funk, CEO of the staffing agency, said in a news release. Harris surveyed 1,500 jobless Americans, including 100 in Illinois. Constant infighting between the Illinois legislature and the governor and a state budget impasse now approaching its third year may be scaring off businesses and jobs.