By: Diane Benjamin
WGLT interviewed an economist from the Economic Development Council. Mike Doherty is the one that reported Bloomington-Normal has lost 9000 jobs in the last 7 years.
He claims government has shrunk. (Not Bloomington!) He also attributed the decline to State Farm ending consulting contracts and Mitsubishi closing. Then he blamed my personal favorite: retiring baby boomers. Evidently whatever job they held didn’t really matter because where they worked didn’t replace them when they retired!
He claimed Sales Tax in Bloomington is up – the City has claimed it’s flat. He also claimed Normal’s Sales tax is down, but everything is fine!
Doherty also claims the most consistent job growth (he called it recovery) is in Hospitality and Leisure. Celebrate now – LOW wage jobs!
Read the entire story here: http://wglt.org/post/bloomington-normal-economy-well-peak-holding-steady#stream/0
Normally the EDC only spews great data. Maybe the economists should do all interviews in the future.