Unemployment rate in Illinois remains unchanged

By WEEK Producer

Unemployment rate in Illinois remains unchanged

January 17, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2013 at 1:53 PM CDT

CHICAGO -- The Illinois unemployment rate for December 2012 remained unchanged at 8.7 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Additionally, the national unemployment rate told much of the same story, staying at 7.8 percent.

IDES Director Jay Rowell says in Illinois, the rate is still greatly effected by Congress and repercussions of the fiscal cliff.

"Illinois' long-term trend is that of moderate growth punctuated by monthly up-and-down movement in the unemployment rate and the number of people working," said Rowell.  "This positive trend still is threatened by Congress and its continuing deliberations on the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff."

Since January 2010, Illinois has added more than 167,000 private sector jobs.

IDES says there are currently more than 100,000 help-wanted ads on www.illinoisjoblink.com, a free-to-use IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers.

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