Illinois unemployment rate fell in September but the state lost jobs.

The Department of Employment Security said Friday in its monthly report that unemployment fell to 5.4 percent in September. That was down from 5.6 percent in August but still higher than the 5.1 percent national rate.

The department pointed out that Illinois lost a net 6,900 jobs in September. Director Jeff Mays says the state's job growth is "dismal.''

Employment sectors that grew in September included a gain of 2,100 positions in government and a net 1,400 new jobs in education and health care.

More than 200,000 help wanted ads for Illinois jobs were posted online last month.  85 percent were for full time work. According to a news release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, help wanted region leaders included:

Chicago metro (150,800) 

Bloomington/Peoria region (9,300)

Decatur/Springfield region (7,000)

Rockford Stateline (6,500)

Champaign/Danville (5,500)

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DeKalb Unemployment Office Closing

Jan 15, 2013

The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced it is closing seven offices and cutting 192 positions. The list of closures includes the DeKalb office. The agency says the decision is due in part because a somewhat improved economy. That has led to fewer unemployment insurance claims.

Although Illinois added 800 private-sector jobs in July, a sharp decline in local school jobs brought the net tally to 7,100 fewer positions in July than June. That helped the unemployment rate inch upward 0.2 points to 8.9 percent.

Seasonally adjusted preliminary data was released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).