The state's unemployment rate in July rose slightly for the second consecutive month, according to a release Thursday from the state. The jobless rate jumped from 9.1 percent in June to 9.2 percent in July and higher than a year ago when the July 2012 rate was 9 percent. The private sector added around 7100 jobs but manufacturing saw a loss of 900 jobs, and education and health services saw a loss of 3600 jobs. Illinois' 9.2 percent unemployment rate is much higher than the national 7.5 percent.
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