Efforts to expand job creation and put Illinoisans to work are critical to reducing the skyrocketing number of Illinoisans reliant on state assistance. A new report on Illinois’ long-suffering economy revealed a sobering fact: dependence on the food stamp program is at an all-time high in Illinois.
According to the Illinois Policy Institute (IPI), an independent research organization, Illinois ranked last among twelve Midwest states in job creation during 2014. The IPI report also revealed that the number of Illinois households receiving food stamps last year hit a record high of 1,073,279.
Citing figures from the Illinois Department of Human Services, IPI reported “The total number of Illinoisans on food stamps jumped by 37,500 in December.” The Institute’s report stated that in 2014, “An additional 60,000 Illinoisans were added to the food-stamp rolls against a mere 27,600 new jobs created in the state.”