Illinois unemployment

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The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment decreased in Illinois in August, the fourth-straight monthly drop.

    

But state officials were not celebrating the drop in the unemployment rate to 5.5 percent from 5.8 percent in July.

Instead on Thursday department Director Jeff Mays noted that the state also lost jobs in August. According to the department's monthly report on statewide unemployment, nonfarm jobs in Illinois decreased from 6,016,900 to 6,008,700.

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The government temporarily sends cash assistance to people who've been laid off and are looking for a job.

  

But starting next week, they won't receive unemployment insurance unless they've provided the state with a resume. 

Jeff Mays is the Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security. He says it will help to link employers with skilled workers.

"Come July 17, it is a condition -- not for filing you can file a claim -- but it will be a condition for getting a check or money on your debit card. And if you don't do it, you won't," Mays said. 

State of Illinois

Illinois' unemployment rate slightly increased in February to 6.4 percent. It was the fourth straight monthly increase.

   

 

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the number of people employed across the state increased by 18,100 people.

 

But state officials said that as more people seek jobs Illinois' economy is not creating enough positions. Unemployment was up from 6.3 percent in January.  

heartlandalliance.org

A nonprofit research group says poverty rates in Illinois are up to three times higher for racial minorities.

The Chicago-based Heartland Alliance's research arm released a report outlining significant racial disparities for income, unemployment, birth rates and housing, among other things.

The 44-page document is called “Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty,'' and looks at institutional racism in the state.

The report says unemployment rates are 1.4 to 2.4 times higher for minorities than for whites.

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Unemployment dropped in most of Illinois' metro areas in November but most areas also lost jobs over the past year.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday in its monthly metro-area report that the jobless rate dropped in 12 metro areas last month, stayed the same in one and dropped in one.

The lowest rate was 5.2 percent in Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. The highest was 7.7 percent in Danville.

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