The jobless rate in Illinois hit 10 percent for the first time since August 2010 after unemployment in the state rose in September for the fifth straight month, Crain’s Chicago Business reported on October 20, 2011. The Illinois Department of Employment Security “blamed the increase on continued weakness in consumer confidence nationwide but noted a sharp drop in construction jobs in September,” although industry experts told Crain’s that a multibillion-dollar state budget deficit is holding back government construction spending.
While the Department of Employment Security reported Illinois employers created 1,600 new jobs in September, the number of unemployed people rose to 663,300. The latest figure is 10,500 more than in August and an increase of 1.6 percent, but Crain’s noted that state unemployment rates “do not include people who haven’t looked for work in the previous month, so the real number of unemployed, while not tracked at the state level, is higher.”
Construction employers suffered the biggest losses with 3,000 jobs cut in September, falling from 205,200 jobs to 202,200. Crain’s said the biggest increase was among employers of educational and health services workers, who added 4,900 jobs in September for a total 854,500.
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