The April unemployment rate in Illinois fell to 9.3 percent from 9.5. in March.
That is according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
IDES Director Jay Rowell says the April data reflects the "unevenness of this recovery".
There were 2,000 fewer jobs over the month but 40,300 more jobs than April 2012.
Illinois has added 216,000 private sector jobs since January 2010. Leading growth sectors since then are Professional and Business Services, Education and Health Services and Trade, Transportation and Utilities.
Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010.
In April, the number of unemployed individuals decreased by 18,000 (2.9 percent) to 611,000.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. It does not include those who have exhausted benefits, or are ineligible, and have stopped looking for work.