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Illinois Unemployment Rate Unchanged

Posted by wlpo on January 18, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate held steady at 8.7 percent in December.

Preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show there are 576,000 Illinoisans out of work. The rate doesn’t reflect unemployed people who’ve quit looking for work.

December’s seasonally adjusted rate is 1 percentage point lower than December 2011.
Illinois has added 167,000 private sector jobs since January 2010. That’s when job growth started returning following almost two years of consecutive monthly declines.

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