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Illinois unemployment rate falls to 10.1%

Posted by wlpo on September 16, 2010

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate fell to 10.1% in August.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says August represents the eighth consecutive month the rate was steady or declined. It was down slightly from July’s rate of 10.3 %.

IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell says the long-term trend of falling unemployment may not be felt yet in local neighborhoods.

But she says creating jobs, retaining workers and encouraging investment will help Illinois recover from the recession.

There were 671,400 people unemployed in August, about 12,000 fewer than in the previous month. The Illinois economy lost about 4,200 jobs in August due to declines in government-related jobs and Census 2010 positions.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 9.6%.

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