The unemployment rate for Illinois remained unchanged in December, at 8.7 percent, according to seasonally adjusted data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"Illinois' long-term trend is that of moderate growth punctuated by monthly up-and-down movement in the unemployment rate and the number of people working," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "This positive trend still is threatened by Congress and its continuing deliberations on the debt ceiling and the fiscal cliff."
The number of employed individuals rose just 0.3 percent last month to 576,600. Total unemployment has dropped 23.4 percent since January 2010 when unemployment peaked at 11.4 percent.
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