November adds 10,300 private sector jobs as rate falls to 8.7
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[December 27, 2013]
CHICAGO — Illinois added 10,300
private sector jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to
8.7 percent, according to preliminary data released last week by the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of
Employment Security. The September to November three-month gain of
36,900 in total jobs is the largest since October 2010.
"Seven consecutive months of job growth shows that our steady
economic progress continues. It shows that real progress has been
made while reminding us that we have more work to do," said IDES
Director Jay Rowell. "The nearly 300,000 jobs that have been created
in the past three years show the resiliency of our workers and
small-business owners as our economy improves."
Conference Board reports nearly 211,000 online help-wanted ads in
Illinois for November. Nearly 84 percent were for full-time work.
Workers can apply at
IllinoisJobLink.com, where they can customize resumes to reflect
different opportunities. Doing so also helps qualify for benefits.
Illinois has added 281,400 private sector jobs since January
2010, when job growth returned following nearly two years of
consecutive monthly declines. Leading growth sectors are
professional and business services, up 116,400; education and health
services, up 61,000; and trade, transportation and utilities, up
58,700. Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down
November growth leaders were trade, transportation and utilities,
up 6,700; construction, up 6,100; and education and health care, up
3,400. Although manufacturing jobs have grown since 2010, a
temporary global slowdown in mining continues to affect
manufacturing jobs in Illinois.
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Since January 2010, Illinois recorded job growth in 35 months
and job loss in 12 when compared with the previous month. The
unemployment rate fell in 27 months, increased in nine and was
unchanged in 11.
The number of unemployed fell for the fourth consecutive month,
down 11,800 to 567,500. Unemployment has fallen 184,700, down 24.6
percent, since early 2010, when it peaked at 11.3 percent.
The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and
seeking employment. Individuals who exhaust their benefits, or are
ineligible, will still be reflected in the unemployment rate if they
actively seek work. Historically, the national unemployment rate is
lower than the state rate. The state rate has been lower than the
national rate only six times since January 2000.
Click here for tables of statistics:
Illinois Department of
file received from the
Illinois Office of Communication and Information]