Job Losses

Joliet Area Steel Plant Closing To Cost 110 JobsThe Gerdau steel plant, once owned by Sheffield Steel, originally started in the 1860s as a horseshoe factory. The plant produces steel “flats and squares” used by manufacturers, fabricators and cold finishers in their products.
Illinois Unemployment Holds At 9.5 PercentJob losses were widespread across a range of different types of employers, and indicated that two previous months of increases weren't a fluke, one economist said.
Unemployment Rate Inches Up In IllinoisThe unemployment rate in Illinois inched up in October, and is now more than 1 percent higher than the national average.