On Religion, The Media and Life as a 20-something in Chicago

Things are looking up for businesses in the Fox Valley. And I’m not just saying that because — full disclosure — my husband works in commercial real estate in Kane County. (Although being a newlywed does lend itself to all kinds of optimism.) I’m saying that because the U.S. Department of Labor announced Friday a burst of hiring in December has pushed the unemployment rate to its lowest level since February 2009. With that, employers added a net 200,000 jobs last month, and the national unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent. The unemployment rate hasn’t dipped quite that low in, say, Elgin, where Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka noted the persistent 11 percent unemployment rate, while hosting her second employment expo last month at Elgin Community College. But chambers of commerce across the Fox Valley noted that same optimism among business owners in 2011. For the rest of the story, visit The Courier-News.

In Uncategorized on January 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

From the Storyteller: Local economy showing signs of life (Sun-Times Media)


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