Unemployment

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.  

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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.

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment rates in Illinois metro areas declined for the fifth straight month in August.

Mixed News For Illinois' Jobs Picture

Jun 20, 2014

Illinois' jobless rate is now at 7.5 percent. It's the third consecutive monthly decrease. And it's at its lowest level since 2008.

There are three states tied for the highest unemployment rate in the country: Nevada, Mississippi, and California. Doing better by one-tenth of one percent is Illinois.

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