IL unemployment rate up slightly despite job growth

Illinois unemployment rate up slightly despite job growth

The U.S. unemployment rate increased 0.1 percentage point in June to 4.4 percent. That mark represents the lowest unemployment rate recorded in both states since the BLS began tracking state unemployment rates in 1976 - and the lowest unemployment rates in the nation.

Braun, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, says in a statement that the unemployment rate remains at its lowest levels since the mid-1990s.

"It is typical for the unemployment rate to increase during this time of year", says Welch.

"The monthly payroll gain kept over-the-year job growth well below the national average in the first half of 2017".

During June, Virginia's labor force expanded for the 15th consecutive month to 4.31 million, a new record.

Calhoun County had the lowest jobless rate in the region at 4.9 percent in June.


Iowa saw a slight uptick in unemployment last month. Jobs have grown by 0.9 percent since June 2016; meanwhile, jobs growth for the rest of the country is around 1.6 percent.

"The unemployment rate increase and a decline in construction payroll are troublesome, but the trend of declining labor force is something we can not ignore", Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jeff Mays said.

The largest job declines occurred in two sectors - manufacturing and professional and business services - which lost 2,400 positions each. Other sectors adding jobs over the year were government; trade, transportation and utilities; professional and business services; other services; and financial activities.

Job losses were experienced in Educational & Health Services (-100) and Construction (-500).

Calhoun County's jobless rate was 4.3 percent in May. The June rate dropped to 4 percent from 4.1 percent in May.

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