Illinois's Troubled Trust Fund

Illinois' trust fund never really recovered from $700 million in borrowing in 2003. The state had just three months of reserves at end of 2007, and was insolvent again by last July. Employers face a tax increase from $301 to $323 per employee, on average, for 2010, but that won't be enough to keep the state from borrowing an estimated $8 billion before the recession ends.

This news application is no longer being updated as of February 3, 2011. The historical data is still accurate.

  Bankrupt and Borrowing: Illinois's unemployment fund is currently bankrupt and Illinois is borrowing from the federal government.

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Borrowed Amount Unemployment Rate (November) Net Income (December) Avg. Weekly Benefit % of Unemployed
Receiving Benefits
$2,595.0m 9.2% $-223.7m $324.9 35.0%
National: 9% Rank: 48 of 51 Rank: 14 of 51 Rank: 33 of 51

Unemployment Reserves (millions)

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Sources: Google Public Data, Department of Labor, Treasury Department.