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The drop from 9.2 percent one year ago marks the largest year-over-year decline since 1984. The last time the rate was lower than 6.7 was in
"Five months of job creation coupled with increased help-wanted advertising indicate a bit of momentum as we head into the Fall," IDES Director
Since 1976, the monthly
The unemployment rate also is in line with other economic indicators. First-time jobless claims have been trending lower for the past four years and in August, the number of monthly claims was at its lowest level since 1998. Numbers from the independent Conference Board's Help Wanted OnLine Index show that
To apply for these jobs, go to Illinoisjoblink.com, the state's help-wanted internet job board managed by IDES. Illinoisjoblink.com features Resume Builder. Resume Builder intuitively asks questions about skills and work experiences to create a resume designed to pass through computer filters that employers use to sort job applicants. Once built, the resume is immediately matched to help-wanted ads that seek the worker's skills. Multiple resumes can be built to highlight different skills and experiences.
August job growth was led by Leisure and Hospitality (+5,000), Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+4,300), and Professional and Business Services (+3,300). Other Services (-1,800), Education and Health Services ( 1,700) and Financial Activities (-300) declined.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. A person who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the national rate only six times since
Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates | Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Non-farm Jobs - by Major Industry[http://www.ides.illinois.gov/News%20%20Announcements%20Doc%20Library/Monthly/Illinois_Unemployment_Falls_Again.pdf]
* Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available. For not seasonally adjusted jobs data with greater industry detail, go to http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/CurrentEmploymentStatistics/I_SA_CES_Illinois_Jobs_2000_to_Current.xls "Other Services" includes a wide range of activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.
* Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for
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