State Unemployment Up Slightly Amid Job Growth

State Unemployment Up Slightly Amid Job Growth

January 17 – Unemployment in Illinois ticked up in December while the state added more than 13,000 jobs, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the unemployment rate at 4.3 percent after standing at 4.2 percent in November. Job growth over the three month period from October to December saw an average monthly increase of 9,500.

“It’s clear there is room to both grow the Illinois economy and create opportunity for working families,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes.

November’s job gain was revised upward to 8,000 from the preliminary figure of 5,900. Over the year in 2018, nonfarm payrolls increased by 71,000 jobs.

The state’s unemployment figure is 0.4 percent above the national rate for December. Illinois unemployment is down 0.6 percent from December 2017.