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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 . Differences either way were relatively small. The June rate for Boone & Winnebago Counties was 6.3 %, compared to 6.6 % a year earlier. The area also saw an increase of 3,100 jobs....

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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...

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, h elp 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) Statewide, the top five advertised positions in April were truck drivers (11,165), registered nurses, (6,462),...

Online Job Postings Up In Illinois

Jan 23, 2014

There's some promising news when it comes to job openings posted online in Illinois.

DeKalb Unemployment Office Closing

Jan 15, 2013
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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.

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