jobs http://wuis.org en Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S. http://wuis.org/post/employment-improves-illinois-still-lags-us <p>The latest state job numbers are out and the news for Illinois is mixed. The unemployment rate is down. But fewer people were hired than expected, and Illinois still lags the nation.</p><p>Illinois' March unemployment rate is 8.4 percent. That's the best it's been in more than five years, but it's still among the worst rates in the country.</p><p>On top of that, officials blame the unseasonably cold weather for the fact that fewer jobs were added in March than in the previous month.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 23245 at http://wuis.org Employment Improves, But Illinois Still Lags U.S. Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation http://wuis.org/post/illinois-unemployment-second-highest-nation <p>With national unemployment at its lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, the numbers keep going the wrong way in several parts of Illinois.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peoria, Danville, and Decatur all saw unemployment increase by more than a percentage point.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 01:30:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7732 at http://wuis.org Illinois Unemployment Second Highest In Nation