Illinois Unemployment Rate Falls, Mirrors Workforce Rate

(KMOX) – The Illinois unemployment rate fell last month due, at least in part, to a continuing decline in the workforce.

The jobless rate for July was 5.8 percent, down from 6.2 percent in June. Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesman Bob Gough says more than 11,000 jobs were added last month.

“The largest gains were in education, they were up 5,400 jobs. Other services 4,200 and leisure and hospitality up 2,100,” Gough says.

Despite the upticks, job growth in Illinois still lags behind the national average. Gough says “We did have some significant drops in construction, going down 2,700 jobs and the financial activities industry went down 1,000 [jobs].”

Illinois still lags behind the nation in unemployment, which was 4.9 percent last month.

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