The state’s unemployment rate decreased slightly to 6.1 percent in January. That’s only .1 percentage point drop from December 2014, but 2.1 percentage points down from the beginning of last year. Despite the decline, Evelina Tainer Loescher, labor market information director for the Illinois Department of Employment Security says overall, nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 7,100 jobs.
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“It’s hard to see sustained growth every single month, month after month, in every single sector,” Loescher said. “On balance, the number shows a little bit of a setback for January, but nothing to be overly concerned about.”
Loescher says it’s still a good sign that the overall trend in the state’s unemployment rate remains downward.