Unemployment inIllinoisinched up to 9.5 percent in July, the third consecutive month it has increased. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there were 24,900 fewer jobs reported last month. Unemployment forIllinoiswas 9.1 percent in June. But the rate one year ago in July was 10.1 percent.
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The numbers were released Thursday and are based on data from the state agency and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. IDES spokesman Greg Rivara says the July increase, which follows 15 months of declines, reflects uncertainty in consumer confidence and the volatility in the national economy. He says long term data is a better indicator. Since January 2010 whenIllinoisemployment resumed after the national recession,Illinoishas added72,200 net new jobs. Leading sectors are Professional and Business Services (+34,200); Educational and Health Services (+26,000); Manufacturing (+20,000); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+16,000). Compared to last year, manufacturing employment is up 11,300 over its July 2010 level.