There’s another significant drop in the Illinois unemployment rate. It’s a three-tenths of a percent drop, from 9.4 percent in January to 9.1. That’s the same drop as the month before, which was then the biggest drop in 20 years.
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“Those three-tenths of a [percent] drop in each month is significant. What we want to see now though is, does that rate continue?” says Greg Rivara of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, which announced the data Thursday. Illinois gained 6,500 jobs over the month. Total unemployed is 598,600, which is down 21,500 from January. Nevertheless, unemployment here is still higher than the national rate.