IDES

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment increased from 4.8% in July to 5% in August.  

IDES spokesman Bob Gough said there also was a loss of 3,700 nonfarm jobs in August, based on data provided by the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

"We look at it and had a pretty large drop in manufacturing and professional services," he said. "Also, the leisure and hospitality industry as the summer season is coming to an end."  

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The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the preliminary data Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Unemployment inched up 0.1 percentage point in June to settle at 4.7 percent.

Employment Security Director Jeff Mays also revised May job-growth numbers up sharply. They were reported at just over 11,000 new jobs rather than 2,400 as earlier reported.

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.

IDES

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.

IDES

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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