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Illinois Construction Jobs Continue to Decline

Posted on January 27, 2009

As the nation and most industries continue to weather the current economic recession, more Illinois construction jobs are being lost.

The State of Illinois‘ construction industry lost 13,400 jobs during December 2008. During the last four months, the construction industry has decreased by 28,300 Illinois jobs, more than 10 percent of the industry’s total workforce. The trade and transportation industry also saw a big decrease, losing 8,600 jobs during December, while the manufacturing industry lost 5,200 jobs.

Throughout the state, payroll employment decreased by 36,000 jobs during December, the seventh consecutive month Illinois has lost jobs. During November and December, Illinois lost a total of 73,600 jobs, the largest two-month decrease since 1990. There were a total of 505,300 unemployed people during December, higher than the 500,000 in February 1992.

The state’s unemployment rate came in at 7.6 percent for December, a .3 percent increase from November and the highest unemployment rate since June 1993.

“We understand that this poor national economy has been challenging for many Illinoisans and to better meet their needs we have expanded a number of services,” Maureen O’Donnell, Illinois Department of Employment Security director, said in a press release. “Internet claim filing is now available on our Web site; TeleServe hours have been expanded for claim certification; and we have added and continue to add staff to better serve our customers.

“Our Web site provides a safe, efficient and convenient way to file for unemployment benefits, obtain answers to questions and explore services that are available to assist in a job search.”

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