Illinois Unemployment Rate Declines to 12-year Low

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The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that the unemployment rate decreased by 0.2 percentage.

April unemployment rates dropped to the lowest of that month in more than a decade.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell to 4.4 last month. The state hasn’t seen those kinds of numbers in April since 2006.

Job growth in the State has been steady since February, Illinois has added roughly 75-hundred jobs per month.

“We continue to work to bring new opportunities to communities across Illinois,” said Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce Sean McCarthy. “By attracting new investment and working with existing employers on workforce needs, we are cultivating a competitive economy and business-friendly environment that will boost growth and ensure a better future for Illinois.”

Manufacturing, professional, business services, and hospitality jobs have seen the most growth.

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