Illinois Unemployment Rate Rises For Third Straight Month

CHICAGO (STMW) – The unemployment rate in Illinois jumped to 9.5 percent in July from a revised 9.1 percent in June, rising for the third straight month, and the state lost 24,900 jobs month-over-month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The state’s jobless rate now exceeds the national rate, the first time that’s happened in 10 months. The national rate is 9.1 percent.

The report marks the second time jobs have fallen in Illinois since December 2010. In June, the state lost 7,200 jobs. Illinois has added 28,900 jobs to the economy so far this year.

The data “reflects the recent volatility in the national economy and the uncertainty both in the labor force and business community,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said in a statement.

“Long-term data tells a more accurate story,” he added.

The state’s jobless rate is down from 10.1 percent in July 2010, the report showed.

There were 627,800 people unemployed in Illinois in July.

Month-over-month, the biggest job declines were in trade, transportation and utilities, down 7,900; leisure and hospitality, down 6,700; government, down 5,500; and construction, down 4,300.

Since July 2010, job losses were reported in government, down 5,700; financial activities, down 3,700; information, down 3,200 and other services down 1,600.

Job gains were reported year-over-year in educational and health services, up 16,100; construction, up 15,400; and manufacturing, up 11,300.

The state agency said uneven monthly reports of job growth and unemployment rates are common in a typical recovery, but noted changes in data collection at the federal level may be having an impact on the state’s numbers. To ensure more reliable national statistics, federal authorities earlier this year made changes in how they conduct data estimates, and that reduces information from individual states, IDES said. As a result, there have been greater fluctuations in monthly jobs and employment data at the state level, according to the agency.

“How those changes might be reflected in July’s data will not be known for several months,” the agency said, adding most private economists expect the recovery from the national recession to continue but more gradually in the second half of the year.

© Sun-Times Media Wire Chicago Sun-Times 2011. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Wolf

    What would you expect in state the exemplifies the massive bloated public sector operations, tax increases at every level, anti-business operations like the federal level…unless there is a 50% restructuring in the entire public sector this mess will not clear up…during the middle of the recession this state massively increased income taxes, property taxes, fees, etc. in order to maintain bloated operations and their fraudulent multi-millionaire pension scam …when corruption and rape is practiced at this level on taxpayers …this is the result and condition

    • LOTD

      You are 100% correct sir!! BRAVO!!!!

  • righttrack

    The only way to reverse this trend and put Americns back to work is to ban Chinese imports. We need to become a self-sufficient country again, and have Americans mke the products that we Americans need and want. That would also increase tax revenues for government, especially on the local levels.

  • weiner


  • amp phasx

    their unions might be over bloated with rediculous contracts, but i dont think they’re all millionaires. Look at the way pat quinn spends. He ended up assisting people in poverty with money, just to end up cutting them off soon after. He doesnt cut spending, but he spends money on new special interests everytime he gets it, even though he said he was committed to paying off the debt. He keeps raising taxes more but ignores the piledrive of bills blowing down the street

  • 3li$$ M!$$

    chicago does not suck, where are you gonna go, to Jersey?

  • tom Sharp

    Come on Mighty Quinn tell us again how good were doing. TERM LIMITS OF ONE!

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live