Illinois unemployment rate unchanged

Illinois’ unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.3 percent last month, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

Nonfarming companies saw an increase of 18,100 jobs based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state also reports that between April and June there were more than 9,000 jobs gained. That is up from the 7,500 job growth that occurred between January and June.

“June’s payroll gain is the largest in 12 months and the third largest in 24 months,” IDES Director Jeff Mays was quoted as saying. “Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady in June and stands at its lowest point in 12 years.”

The top three sectors that saw growth were government, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services. Trade, transportation and utilities saw the largest payroll decline.

Illinois’ unemployment rate is 0.3 percent higher than the national rate. It is down 0.6 percentage points from this time last year.

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