Ill. jobless rate holds at 8.7 percent in December
CHICAGO – Illinois' unemployment rate held steady at 8.7 percent in December.
Preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show there are 576,000 Illinois residents out of work. The rate doesn't reflect unemployed people who've quit looking for work.
IDES Director Jay Rowell said the state's long-term trend is "moderate growth punctuated by monthly up-and-down movement in the unemployment rate and the number of people working."
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