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Illinois named best state in region for workforce development

By Danny Connolly,


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCIA) — One magazine gave the state of Illinois an award for its workplace development.

According to an analysis by Site Selection Magazine , Illinois came in first ahead of Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Michigan for developing workplaces in 2022. The magazine decided the ranking by weighing data from news sites like U.S. News and CNBC.

“Illinois has developed a reputation as a national leader in workforce readiness and development,” Acting Department Commerce and Economic Opportunity Director Kristin Richards said. “Illinois has made investing in workforce a top priority and earning the top spot reflects the State’s commitment to our outstanding workers.”

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In 2021, the state came in second in the region after Indiana.

The state launched the Illinois Works Pre-Apprenticeship Program in 2021 designed to increase access to jobs in the trades for underrepresented workers. The state sponsors more than 400 other Registered Apprenticeship programs.

“When we invest in workforce development, we create opportunities for every Illinoisan and establish a more economically prosperous future for our state,” Governor J.B. Pritzker said. “Through my administration’s historic investments in education, infrastructure, and business development, we’re creating thousands of good-paying jobs and a skilled workforce that’s ready for those jobs. We’re keeping our state’s best assets — our people — at the forefront of economic progress.”

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