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State Jobless Rate Worsens

Posted by wlpo on March 8, 2013

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Illinois’ unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in January. That’s up from 8.7 percent in December and back to almost the 9.1 percent rate of January 2012.

The number of unemployed people in the state rose by 4 percent to 594,800. The state added a relatively small 7,100 jobs in January.

The biggest job losses were among companies in the trade, transportation and utilities sector where the state lost a net 5,500 jobs in January. Government agencies also shed a net 1,500 jobs. Educational and health services employers added 5,500 jobs.

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