Illinoisâ€™ 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 â€“ not a number that should be embraced, says spokesman Greg Rivara, but not a shock either.
â€śThe slight uptick in the unemployment rate was not very surprising. Itâ€™s part of an emerging summertime pattern. It happened this year, as well as last year and again in 2011,â€ť 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 itâ€™s OK, whereas the decline in government jobs is a trend that is not expected to change.