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Illinois Jobs Decline during April

Posted on June 1, 2009

Thousands of Illinois jobs were lost again during April as the state’s unemployment rate continued to rise and most industries continued to shed jobs.

During April, the state’s unemployment rate increased from 9 percent to 9.4 percent, which is higher than the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent. The state had a total non-farm employment of 5,719,800 workers during April, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is down from 5,742,900 workers during March and a 4.3 percent decrease from last year.

Illinois‘ construction industry once again took the biggest hit when compared to last year. That industry employed 228,100 workers during April, down from 232,900 workers during March and a 12.8 percent decrease from last year.

Other industries that saw an over-the-year jobs decrease include:

  • manufacturing by 10.7 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 3.8 percent
  • information by 5.4 percent
  • financial activities by 4.5 percent
  • professional and business services by 8.3 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 4.1 percent
  • other services by 1.4 percent
  • Only three industries saw an over-the-year increase in jobs. The mining and logging industry employed 10,200 workers during April, up from 10,100 workers during March and a 3 percent increase from last year. The education and health services industry employed 802,600 workers during April, down from 802,800 workers during March, but a .9 percent increase from last year. The government industry employed 862,600 workers during April, up from 853,600 workers during March and a 1 percent increase from last year.

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