US Population Growth +0.79%, Illinois -0.17%, Illinois Second Worst to Coal Plagued West Virginia

According to Census bureau data, only seven states lost population in the last reporting year (July 2014 – July 2015).

by Mish

Illinois had the second worst performance of any state, sporting a population decline of .017%. Only West Virginia, with huge coal-related woes scored lower than Illinois.

The above chart from the Bloomberg interactive chart The Population Is Swelling in Almost Every State.

The sorry thing about Illinois’ numbers is they predate ….

  • The Illinois budget impasse
  • The largest Chicago/Cook County property tax in history
  • Numerous business closures
  • Threats of still more tax hikes

This “Mash” video sums of the state of affairs in Illinois nicely.

Illinois’ Sorry State of Affairs

Everything in the above list comes after the census reporting dates!

Questions of the Day

How much additional population in the next year will Illinois lose because of …

  • Additional tax hikes Mayor Emanuel and the Democrats want
  • A corporate environment that is among the worst in the nation
  • Absurd prevailing wages laws that drive up the cost of everything
  • The worst funded pensions in the nation
  • Arcane worker’s compensation laws

While pondering those ideas, please note the Illinois Supreme Court Ruled Against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on his pension reform plan.

The pretending period is over. The only solution to the Chicago Public School mess is bankruptcy.

Mike “Mish” Shedlock

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