Illinois’ unemployment rate continued to improve last month, dropping to 5.8 percent. The July rate is the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen since 2008.
The agency said Illinois added a net 1,900 jobs for the month.
Looking at government, construction, and leisure and hospitality sectors in July, these fields added more than 2,000 new jobs over what they lost.
Even with Illinois’ steady improvement in the job market though, the national unemployment rate was still ahead with a 5.3 percent rate in July.
Unemployment for local counties will be released in the next few days.