Illinois still has double-digit unemployment and added only 600 jobs in November, according to data released Thursday. But a spokesman for the Illinois Department of Employment Security says things have been much, much worse.


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Greg Rivara says the unemployment rate in the state dropped from 10.1 percent to 10 percent. “The 600 number itself? Not as large as a lot of people may think. … (But) during the height of the recession, Illinois was losing about 18,000 jobs every month. This year alone, on average, Illinois has gained about 7,000 jobs each month.”


(Illinois Radio Network)