Illinois unemployment up slightly from June

By WEEK Reporter

Illinois unemployment up slightly from June

August 16, 2012 Updated Aug 16, 2012 at 12:30 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security released date today that shows that the unemployment rate has climbed 0.2 percent to stand at 8.9 percent.

According to the IDES, Illinois added 800 private sector jobs, but lost 7,100 overall from June due to a decline in local school jobs.

"Illinois' private sector continues its deliberate job growth while government payrolls continue to shrink.  This established trend likely will continue in the near term," IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

In July 2012, the number of unemployed individuals increased by 15,100, or 2.6 percent, to sit at 587,200.  Total unemployment has decreased by 165,600 people since January of 2010 when state unemployment peaked at 11.4 percent.

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