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Latest State Unemployment Numbers A Mixed Bag

SPRINGFIELD - It's a case of good news, bad news when it comes to the state's unemployment picture.
SPRINGFIELD - It's a case of good news, bad news when it comes to the state's unemployment picture.

The unemployment rate fell last month to 8.9%.  Most of those new jobs coming primarily in the professional and business services sector.  But, when you compare the rate to this time last year, its actually gone up a tick from 8.8%.

Still, state officials say the numbers are encouraging, especially with the recent hiring surge in the manufacturing and retail industries.
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