February saw another slight drop in the state's unemployment rate. It's now down to 6 percent, a .1 percent drop from January. Unlike the previous report, more jobs were added than lost in February.
The January job loss was actually revised to -4,800 jobs instead of -7,100 jobs, which was originally reported. Ron Payne, labor market economist for the Illinois Department of Employment Security said.
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In Feburary, nearly 14,000 jobs were added. The rate at this time last year was 7.9 percent. Illinois' number is still higher than the national unemployment rate, which stands at 5.5 percent. Payne says job losses in manufacturing is one of the big reasons Illinois' rate continues to be higher than the national figure.