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Best Ill. job prospects in manufacturing, medical

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In this Jan. 17, 2013 photo, clinical pharmacist Mary Eilers, prepares a compound at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. Experts looking at Illinois' job market say the best prospects for 2013 are likely in medical and manufacturing firms.

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Illinois' widening medical industry and its old-standby, manufacturing, may be the best places to look for a job this year, although some of the positions will require increasing levels of education and training and many won't pay what they might have just a few years ago, experts said. Overall, 17 percent of Illinois employers plan to add staff during the first quarter of this year. "Job creation has been relatively strong in the last two years," said John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Even so, Illinois is like the rest of the nation: still staggering back from the recession 2007-09. Statewide unemployment hasn't dropped below 8 percent since 2008.
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