The state’s unemployment rate has seen a slight increase. The latest numbers released from the Illinois Department of Employment security indicate the state’s non-farm payroll employment lost 16,300 jobs, and the unemployment rate rose 0.2% to 5.9%. IDES officials say average job growth in the state remains well below the national average, and employment will not recover from the 2007-2009 national recession until September 2017. This is the first time since 2009 that Illinois ended a year with fewer jobs than how many it had when the year started.
Local County unemployment rates should be released later this week.