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Ill. unemployment rises for second straight month

Posted by wlpo on July 21, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Unemployment in Illinois increased to 9.2% in June, the second straight month the state jobless rate increased.

The state Department of Employment Security today laid part of the blame on weak consumer confidence they said was hindering the national economy.

The national unemployment rate hit also 9.2% in June. That was up from 9.1%.

The employment security department said the number of people in Illinois out of work and looking increased by 18,900 to 603,700.

The biggest job losses were in the government and educational and health services sectors. Both shed 3,500 jobs for the month.

The leisure and hospitality sector added 3,900 jobs with the start of summer.

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