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Illinois Unemployment Increases

Posted on April 21, 2009

The current economic recession is continuing to take a toll in the State of Illinois. During March, the Illinois unemployment rate increased again.

The state saw its unemployment rate jump from 8.6 percent to 9.1 percent during March, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois had a total non-farm employment of 5,744,000 workers during March, down from 5,783,600 workers during February and a 3.9 percent decrease from last year.

Once again, the construction industry took the biggest hit. The industry employed 233,200 workers during March, down from 235,400 workers during February and an 11.4 percent decrease from last year.

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

  • manufacturing by 9.6 percent
  • trade, transportation and utilities by 3.5 percent
  • information by 4.1 percent
  • financial activities by 3.8 percent
  • professional and business services by 7.8 percent
  • leisure and hospitality by 3.5 percent
  • other services by .4 percent
  • There were three industries that saw an over-the-year increase in jobs. The mining and logging industry employed 10,100 workers during March, down from 10,200 workers during February, but a 2 percent increase from last year. The education and health services industry employed 803,100 workers during March, down from 803,900 workers during February, but a 1.4 percent increase from last year. Finally, the government industry employed 853,900 workers during March, up from 853,800 workers during February and a .1 percent increase from last year.

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