The unemployment rate in Illinois continues to decline. It dropped from 6.4 percent in November to 6.2 percent in December, according to data now out, it was announced Friday, representing a situation that’s improving but is not yet ideal for workers, says Evelina Loescher, manager of economic information and analysis for the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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“We’ve made some good improvement, but we’re still above the national average, which was 5.6 percent in December in the U.S.,” she said.
For the year, unemployment fell by 2.7 percentage points – a drop from 8.9 percent at the end of 2013. Illinois gained 17,100 jobs last month and finished 2014 with 51,600 jobs gained over the year, for a total now of 5.88 million jobs in the state.