Nearly 40,000 working-age adults left Illinois in a year's span

Nearly 40,000 working-age adults left Illinois in a year's span.

Nearly 40,000 working-age adults moved out of Illinois between July 2016-July 2017.

This is according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The drop is not exclusive to one area of the state but it does have some worried about filling open jobs and the negative impact it will have over the course of time on Illinois, such as losing Congressional seats.

“It's disappointing because they're not going to work in Illinois, they're not going to pay taxes in Illinois, they're not going to buy cars in Illinois, eat at restaurants. So, it's got a tremendous negative impact on our communities such as Springfield or Decatur, it's got a negative impact then and there," Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association Mark Denzler said.

Overall, Illinois saw 115,000 people last year move to a different state. Denzler said losing people to other states is also frustrating when it comes to trying to grow the manufacturing sector as well. He said there has been less of a growth in jobs as a result of the recession and losing residents to other states.

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