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Statewide unemployment drops for third straight month, sits slightly above 10%

SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) -- Unemployment in Illinois has fallen to 10.2 percent -- a drop of 0.8 percent -- while nonfarm payrolls lost 12,000 jobs in September, according to preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois' unemployment is 2.3 percent higher than the national unemployment rate reported for September -- which was 7.9 percent, down half a percent from August.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was up 6.5 percent from this time last year, when it was 3.7 percent.

The industry sectors that saw the largest over-the-month gains in employment were: leisure and hospitality with an increase of 9,300, trade, transportation and utilities with an increase of 7.700, and other services which increased by 3,800.

The sectors reporting the biggest payroll declines were: professional and business services by 12,400, government by 8,500, and education and health services by 7,300.

In May, Governor Pritzker launched Get Hired Illinois, a new one-stop-shop website to help connect job seekers with hiring employers in real time. The site features virtual job fairs, no-cost virtual training, and includes Illinois Job Link (IJL), the state’s largest job search engine, which recently showed 90,264 posted resumes with 61,927 available jobs.

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