News

Illinois Unemployment Rate Revised Down, Still Far Higher Than National Rate

Illinois Unemployment Rate Revised Down, Still Far Higher Than National Rate

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate was 8.7 percent in January, down from the previous month’s revised rate of 8.9 percent.

The agency said Thursday that the state lost 27,600 jobs from December to January. Officials blame record-setting snow and cold for restricting construction growth. The retail sector was hurt by the end of holiday-driven sales.

The falling unemployment rate and job losses seem to conflict. The agency says that’s possible because employment figures come from individuals and job numbers come from employers.

Illinois’ unemployment rate remains well above the national average of 6.6 percent.

January data is delayed a month and issued in March because the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics requires states to revise monthly employment and labor force data.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

This weekend in entertainment history

randy-travis

A look back at some of the Hollywood headlines that went down in history.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: Surprising talent creates weird onscreen magic in ‘Foxcatcher’

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Channing Tatum, left, and Mark Ruffalo in a scene from "Foxcatcher."

Sibling rivalry, loneliness, competition and madness fuel director Bennett Miller’s award-worthy true crime tale Foxcatcher.

in Entertainment

REVIEW: ‘Wild’ is both unsettling and triumphant

This image released by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, "Wild."

Reese Witherspoon leaves her comfort zone as real-life hiker Cheryl Strayed in "Wild."