unemployment rate http://wuis.org en Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur http://wuis.org/post/unemployment-falls-springfield-decatur <p>Unemployment in the Springfield metro area last month dropped to its lowest level in 6 years.&nbsp;&nbsp; The rate of 5.7 % is below both the state and national averages.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Springfield area added 2,000 jobs last month, mostly in construction, educational and health services and retail.<br /> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:11:52 +0000 Sean Crawford 25704 at http://wuis.org Unemployment Falls In Springfield, Decatur State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation http://wuis.org/post/state-unemployment-drops-lowest-recession-still-behind-nation <div style="margin:0;"><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size:10pt;"><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"><span style="font-size:12pt;"><font face="Verdana" size="2"><span style="font-size:10pt;">The Illinois unemployment rate is at its lowest mark in five years. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is touting the news, but the state still lags the nation.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin:0;"><br /><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 00:30:06 +0000 Lee Strubinger 25232 at http://wuis.org State Unemployment Drops To Lowest Since Recession, But Still Behind The Nation Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs http://wuis.org/post/departing-chamber-president-politicians-not-doing-enough-create-jobs <p>After twelve years as President of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Doug Whitley's retiring next year.</p><p>Whitley says he's leaving disappointed, as the latest data showed Illinois with the second highest unemployment in the nation, behind Nevada.</p><p>And he says political leaders haven't done enough about it, except for one - Chicago's mayor: "With the exception of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, I don't hear any other political leaders in our state talking about jobs, trying to recruit jobs, trying to announce new jobs and showing a sincere concern with unemployment," Whitley says.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:52:02 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8446 at http://wuis.org Departing Chamber President: Politicians Not Doing Enough To Create Jobs