Gallup CEO Visits Springfield To Share Insight On Job Creation

Jun 12, 2018

The latest employment numbers show Illinois is adding jobs, and the rate of unemployment across the state is dipping below 4 percent.

However, Jim Clifton, CEO of the research firm Gallup, says those reports can be misleading because they count people who have part-time jobs, but who would prefer full-time hours and pay.

“It looks like there's plenty of jobs, but in reality… most of them are part-time and lower than a living wage,” Clifton said. Clifton says lack of living-wage jobs is a problem for the country, a problem he believes is up to leaders at a city-level to solve.

Clifton will speak at the Hoogland Center in Springfield on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. The event sponsored by the State Journal-Register and The Citizens Club of Springfield will focus on job creation and will feature a panel discussion of local leaders.