Unemployment Rate Inches Up In Illinois

CHICAGO (CBS) — The unemployment rate in Illinois inched up in October, and is now more than 1 percent higher than the national average.

The October unemployment rate in Illinois was 10.1 percent, up only 0.1 percent from September.

But the national average is now more than a full percent lower at 9.0 percent, while in October of last year, the state’s unemployment was nearly even with the national average. In fact, back then, the national average was 0.1 percent higher than the state’s.

The total number of unemployed people in Illinois was up 5,700 in October compared with September. The total number of unemployed Illinoisans is about 668,800.

The largest losses have come in the construction sector, which has shed 1,000 jobs, and government, which has cut 1,300. The information sector has also posted losses, with 100 jobs cut in October.

But even though the unemployment rate is higher, the state has added 30,000 jobs to be filled. The Illinois Department of Employment Security points out that 64,800 jobs have been added in the state this year, and 108,100 jobs have been added since January 2010.

The unemployment rate in Illinois peaked in January 2010, at 11.2 percent.

  • mymymy

    Chicago is the NEW DETROIT.

  • LOTD

    Hey union supporting democrat @s sholes, how’s that hope and change working out for you???

  • Jim Hamilton

    Well the Chicago Dems are leading the nation in something besides violent crimes after all.

    • LOTD

      @Jim, great point as always!!! Good to see some like-minded people on here.

      • Jim Hamilton

        Yes indeed LOTD I mean what can we say OBAMA WUZ HERE

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