Illinois economy

State News
6:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor defends record of job creation

Illinois' unemployment rate last month was the second-highest in the country. More than nine-percent of people looking for work couldn't find it.  IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

The job market improved in parts of Illinois; unemployment fell in seven of the state's 12 metro areas.  That includes Champaign-Urbana, the Metro East and Springfield. But other regions saw sharp hikes, including in Danville, Decatur and Peoria.  Each of those regions saw unemployment rates rise by more than a percentage point.

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