State Jobless Rate Unchanged for December

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Published on January 18 2013 4:09 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The state's jobless rate for December was unchanged at 8.7%.

Preliminary data released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the rate is down a full percent from the 9.7% rate in December 2011.

Total payrolls decreased 7,600 in December, nearly one-third of which were temporary layoffs with return-to-work dates in January.

In December, the number of unemployed Illinoisans increased 1,700.