Illinois’ unemployment rate is up one-tenth of 1 percent in the monthly report just released.
It rose from 9.1 to 9.2 percent from May to June, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security – not a number that should be embraced, says spokesman Greg Rivara, but not a shock either.
“The slight uptick in the unemployment rate was not very surprising. It’s part of an emerging summertime pattern. It happened this year, as well as last year and again in 2011,” he said.
For the month, the state gained 9,000 jobs in the private sector, but lost 3,600 in government, producing a net gain of 5,400 jobs. Rivara says private-sector hiring is not robust but it’s OK, whereas the decline in government jobs is a trend that is not expected to change.