Illinois’ unemployment rate declined in July to 6.8 percent from June’s 7.1 percent, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Illinois’ unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since August 2008, Gov. Pat Quinn said in a press release.
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent in July, its lowest level since August 2008.
“Illinois’ comeback is going strong and we’ve got more work to do,” Quinn said. “Today’s news that unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in nearly six years is further proof that we are heading in the right direction.”
Illinois’ unemployment rate declined in July to 6.8 percent from June’s 7.1 percent, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. During July, 11,200 new private sector jobs were added, including 3,900 manufacturing jobs. The state’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily since July 2013, when it stood at 9.2 percent, and has completed its steepest 12-month decline of 2.4 percentage points since August 1984. Since February 2010, Illinois has added 263,100 private sector jobs.
Quinn has taken steps to support Illinois’ manufacturers, which supports jobs in service industries and sends Illinois products worldwide. His signature effort in the field of manufacturing was a $16 million investment in the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute on Chicago’s Goose Island. The institute is a venture of UI Labs that will connect manufacturers to the latest tools and knowledge.
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