Illinois lost a few jobs over the last month, but not enough to dent the unemployment rate. Jobs in March were down 1,800 from February, it was announced Thursday, but the unemployment rate stayed at 6 percent. It’s down from 7.7 percent a year ago. Evelina Loescher, the labor market information director at the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says there is un-evenness from one job sector to another.”
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One of the areas that has been improving for many months in Illinois has been construction, so that’s been on the slight up-trend, but some of the areas that are not doing so well are financial activities, which historically has been strong for Illinois, and manufacturing has been anemic,” she said.
Construction gained 3,600 jobs over the last month. Manufacturing lost 600.
The national jobless rate also held at 5.5 percent, so economic factors beyond Illinois are in play, Loescher says.