BLS: Illinois has lost 171,100 jobs since stimulus passed in Feb. 2009
When the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act passed in February 2009, the Obama Administration projected that the bill would create 3.7 million jobs by December 2010, including 148,000 new jobs in Illinois. This has not happened. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 2.6 millions jobs have been lost since the $787 billion stimulus package's passage, a net difference of 6.3 million jobs. Illinois has lost 171,100 jobs since the bill's passage, a net difference of 319,100 jobs.
Bobby Schilling, Republican candidate for Congress in the Illinois 17th District, believes these numbers are indicative of the failure of the stimulus bill.
"It's been 18 months since the passage of the stimulus, and we're still waiting for these new jobs," Schilling said. "Actually, we've lost more jobs. We spent $787 billion our country couldn't afford on a bill that made a bad economic situation worse. People are starting to realize that raising taxes and spending excessively is not the way out of a recession. It's time for representation that will do what it takes to bring jobs to the 17th District. I will fight for low taxes, for fiscal responsibility, and for the needs of the people of this district."
Schilling, a native of Rock Island, graduated from Alleman High School and attended Black Hawk College. Schilling, a local business owner, is the Republican candidate for the 17th Congressional District in Illinois. Bobby is running on a platform of bringing jobs and real representation back to the 17th District. Earlier this year, Schilling conducted a 34-city "Bob's for Jobs" tour, where he met with voters and employers all across the 17th District.