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Illinois Payroll Jobs Increase, Unemployment Rate Stable in January

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Eric Prouzet

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.7 percent, while non-farm payrolls increased by 17-hundred statewide in January.

The December revised unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, down from the preliminary December unemployment rate of 4.8 percent.

“Today’s data is an encouraging start to the new year as payroll jobs continue to grow and the state’s workforce remains strong,” said Deputy Governor Andy Manar. “IDES stands ready to assist Illinois jobseekers and employers with vital services that will help to bridge both groups together.”

The national unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in January.

In January, the industry sectors with the largest over-the-month job gains included: Government, Educational and Health Services and Trade, Transportation and Utilities.

The industry sectors with the largest monthly payroll job declines included: Professional and Business Services, Construction and Leisure and Hospitality.

“Illinois’ world-class workforce remains strong as payroll jobs continue to grow in Illinois,” said DCEO Director Kristin Richards. “By prioritizing equipping Illinois jobseekers, workers, and businesses with the tools needed to thrive in the state’s growing economy, DCEO is bolstering economic development across numerous sectors throughout Illinois.”

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