Illinois jobless rate continues decline; below 9%

By Tribune staff report
Posted March 3 at 1:17 p.m.

The unemployment rate in Illinois fell below 9 percent in January, according to figures released Thursday morning by the state.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for the 12th consecutive month;  Illinois’ jobless rate peaked at 11.2 percent in January 2010.

“Long-term trends of falling unemployment rates and rising job numbers continue to reflect a strengthening Illinois economy,” said Maureen O’Donnell, director of the state Department of Employment Security.


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