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Illinois unemployment rate stays at 8.8 percent

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Even with the addition of 4,800 jobs, the unemployment rate for Illinois stayed at 8.8 percent for the second consecutive month.

October's seasonally adjusted rate is 1.2 percent lower than last October's rate of 10 percent, showing recovery, but national events may have an effect on that recovery.

"Job growth and an unemployment rate significantly lower than one year ago shows steady economic progress," Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said. "Our eyes can now turn toward Congress. Decisions must be made regarding the fiscal cliff so that Illinois' economy can continue to recover."

The most jobs were added in the fields of Leisure and Hospitality, Education, and Health Services during October. Manufacturing added 900 jobs last month, and 20,000 jobs since the beginning of the year.

The unemployment rate covers individuals who are out of work and seeking employment. Anyone who is out of benefits or ineligible will still be reflected in the rate if they are actively seeking employment.

For those in need of work, the Illinois Department of Employment Security offers a free website that links job seekers with employers. That site can be found here.

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