State officials say the unemployment rate in Illinois saw an increase in November as more people started looking for work.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said that the jobless rate jumped 0.3 percent to 5.7 percent in November. The increase was the first since July 2014.
The report showed a 5.1 percent increase in the number of unemployed people looking for work in Illinois, to 371,700. The state as a whole wasn’t able to keep up with the increase in people seeking work, as just 400 jobs were added.
The construction, professional and business services, and educational and health services sectors each cut more than 1,000 jobs than they added in November.
Local county unemployment rates for November will be released by the end of the month.