CHICAGO (AP) – State officials say the unemployment rate in Illinois declined again in December to 9.3 percent – its lowest level since March 2009.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Friday that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point last month from its November level, marking its ninth consecutive month of decline.READ MORE: Brent Seabrook Ending Playing Career After 15 Years With Chicago Blackhawks
The national unemployment rate, meanwhile, declined in December by four-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent.READ MORE: Man Falls On Red Line Platform In Rogers Park, Dies After Train Strikes His Head
IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell says December was the second straight month in which Illinois had a lower unemployment rate that the nation as a whole.
O’Donnell also says preliminary data indicates that Illinois will have ended 2010 with a growing economy, something which has not happened since 2007.MORE NEWS: Lincoln Park Zoo Reopens Friday
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