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State Unemployment Rates Remains Stagnant

ILLINOIS - There's no improvement when it comes to the state's unemployment rate.

ILLINOIS - There's no improvement when it comes to the state's unemployment rate.

But, at least it didn't go down either.  The Illinois Dept. of Employment Securities reports the rate remains at 9.2% unemployment, despite the private sector adding 5,900 jobs in August.

"Job growth without a corresponding drop in the unemployment rate indicates employers are willing to hire if they find a very good, very qualified candidate," says IDES Director Jay Rowell.  "Adding jobs without lowering the unemployment rate underscores the uneven nature of this economy and could continue depending how national and global events shape business plans and consumer confidence."

The unemployment rate has risen compared to this time last year when it was 8.9%.  The U.S. unemployment rate is 7.3%.

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