The Illinois unemployment rate is down to 8.7 percent.  This is the November rate announced today, down from 8.9 percent in October. It’s a sign of incremental progress, says Greg Rivara of the Illinois Department of Employment Security.  “It’s the lowest it’s been all year; it’s been falling for three consecutive months, in large part because we’ve been adding jobs. We added 10,000 jobs in November, and we’ve added jobs in nine of the (11) months so far this year,” he said.
 
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The state actually had a net gain during the month of 9,400 jobs, but a loss of 900 government jobs, so the private sector gained 10,300. The total number of jobs in Illinois is 5.8 million. Unemployed people: 567,000 which is down 11,800.  Illinois still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, and is above the national rate of 7.0 percent.
 
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