By: Diane Benjamin
Last week the local media reported the low local unemployment rate. Here’s an example from WJBC: http://www.wjbc.com/2018/03/15/bloomington-normal-jobless-rate-remains-lowest-in-state-2/
They must be afraid to report the rest of the story:
This chart is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
These numbers are the actual number of people employed – in thousands.
In the last 10 years THOUSANDS of fewer people are employed right here in Bloomington Normal.
Note: This is before the State Farm slaughter.
Click on the link, there is graph that shows the decline.
Here is another link the Bloomington City Council should see: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_14010.htm#00-0000
There is no need to hire a consultant to evaluate the salaries being paid to City employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has already done it for them. Extensive information is already available for average salaries paid for a variety of job descriptions.
These are Bloomington-Normal area numbers, not nationwide averages.
How has local government responded to these declines?
Spend, Spend, Spend.