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The governor's office says about 1.4 million Illinois job seekers are affected after one of the state's employment security agency vendors was hacked.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's office said Friday afternoon that the Illinois Department of Employment Security notified the Illinois General Assembly about the hack.

State officials say the hacker may have accessed the names, Social Security numbers and birthdates of job seekers in the vendor's database.

Authorities say the data break may have affected ten states.

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate fell below six percent in February.

  

The drop to 5.4 percent leaves Illinois' jobless rate at its lowest since late 2007. Preliminary numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released by the department Thursday indicate 25,600 non-farm jobs were added to Illinois' economy last month.

January job growth was revised to show an increase of 8,100 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of 1,700 jobs.

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Eight of Illinois’ 14 metropolitan areas experienced decreases in their over-the-year unemployment rate in June and eight of the metro areas had increases in nonfarm jobs, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

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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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