Illinoisans are still waiting for the “hundreds, if not thousands” of jobs that Governor Bruce Rauner promised were coming to the state after he took a trip to Asia last September. The governor had promised “within the year” that the jobs would materialize, though seven months later no jobs have been created as a result of the trip.
Rauner recently returned from another trade mission to Europe, one that he declared would create tens of thousands of jobs in Illinois. “Many thousands, over time it will be tens of thousands,” Rauner said, of what to expect from his trip.
But Rauner, a former businessman who ran for office on his job creation experience, has long since lost credibility to deliver on the economic gains that he promised, which have not materialized.
The Chicago Tribune has written Rauner “failed miserably on jobs.” Last year, the conservative National Review wrote, “This much is clear: Illinois hardly could do worse. It suffers from one of the weakest economies in the nation, with the slowest personal-income growth, low labor-force participation, and distressing levels of manufacturing-job losses.”
Job growth in Illinois has also slowed under Governor Bruce Rauner. During the first three years of his administration, job growth has fallen to 2.29 percent. That number is half the national job growth rate of 4.82 percent. While job growth under Governor Pat Quinn was also lagging behind the national rate, it topped Rauner’s record, with 3.57 percent growth.