The state's unemployment rate has moved up for the first time in months.
The November jobless rate is 5.7% -- up three tenths from the month before. While the rate is still lower than the same period a year ago, Evelina Loescher with the Illinois Department of Employment Security says that's not all bad news.
"A rate rise is never really good news," says Loescher, Labor Market Information Director. "If we're going to try and put a little bit of a positive on this one, it is because the labor force grew."
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From a year-over-year standpoint, gains in many non-farm payroll sectors were all but cancelled out by losses in others. In other words, Loescher says, Illinois job gains are far lower than other parts of the country.