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Unemployment up, more jobs added in June for Illinois

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Although over 4,700 private sector jobs were added in Illinois, the unemployment rate rose in June.

According to seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois' unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent to 8.7 percent in June.

"Private-sector job growth continues to push the Illinois economy forward through this uneven recovery," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "The slight increase in the unemployment rate was expected and follows the path of the nation. The long-term growth trend will be influenced by consumer confidence as it responds to the economic fortunes in Europe and China as well as the path Congress pursues to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases, often referred to as the fiscal cliff."

The number of unemployed people in Illinois rose by over 7,900 to 572,200, marking the first increase in nine months. The data measures those individuals who are out of work and actively seeking employment.

The biggest gains in private-sector job growth came from the fields of Leisure and Hospitality, Professional and Business Services, and Manufacturing.

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