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More People Without a Job in Illinois

Posted on September 22, 2008

More people are being left without Illinois jobs.

During August, Illinois had an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, up from 7.2 percent in July. This is the state’s highest unemployment rate since September 1993, when unemployment reached 7.5 percent, according to a press release from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The number of unemployed people in the state increased to 491,500, the fourth month in a row this number increased, and its highest since June 1992.

“In these financially difficult times, when national economic instability is hurting our Illinois workers, it is evident that Illinois needs a statewide comprehensive jobs plan,” IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said in the press release. “The proposed jobs bill would create work for hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, absorb the effects of job losses and positively impact our economy.”

In 2006, it was proposed Illinois pass a jobs bill that would create 230,000 jobs. Of these jobs, 85,000 were to be in mass transit construction, more than 7,000 in school construction and more than 140,000 in road construction.

Payroll jobs in Illinois decreased for the third month in a row, with a loss of 3,500 jobs in August. When compared to July, Illinois’ construction, educational and health services and professional and business services sectors slightly increased.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area saw an unemployment rate of 7.1 percent during August, down from 7.5 percent during July. The area had a total non-farm employment of 3,899,500, a decrease of .2 percent from last year.

Nationwide, unemployment increased to 6.1 percent in August, up from 5.7 percent in July. This is the highest national unemployment rate in five years. Employers cut jobs in most industries, totaling a loss of 84,000 jobs. This means the country has lost 605,000 jobs so far this year.

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