Illinois’ unemployment rate went up over the last month, it was reported Thursday. It rose from 9.1 percent in June to 9.2 in July. It was 9.0 in July 2012. The number of jobs did rise by 6,600, including 7,100 in the private sector, with a loss of 500 government jobs, but it wasn’t enough to offset people newly entering the labor force. “This is a very deliberate recovery in this economic cycle. That deliberate pace is going to continue for the foreseeable future, and it will need to to ratchet down that unemployment rate,” says Greg Rivara of the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
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This is the third month in a row that the number of jobs rose, and the third summer in a row that the unemployment rate has gone up nevertheless. The department says the upward inching of the unemployment rate might be due to graduating college students entering the workforce, or it just might be volatility in the data.