Illinois added 8,200 private sector jobs in July. That’s according to a report by human resources management firm ADP.  

The report says Illinois added 8,800 service sector jobs in July.  The total number was pulled down by a loss of 600 jobs in areas such as manufacturing, mining and construction.  

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

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A group of Rockford-area educators and business-people think they have an answer to one of the region’s employment problems: they’ve developed a path to take talented students all the way from high school to careers in the aerospace industry.