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Illinois unemployment rate stays at 9.2 percent

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Despite adding 5,900 private sector jobs last month, the unemployment rate in the state of Illinois remained unchanged at 9.2 percent when compared to the same month last year.

Seasonally adjusted data from the independent Conference Board shows 197,000 help-wanted ads were posted by Illinois employers in August, and almost 70 percent of those jobs were full-time.

"Job growth without a corresponding drop in the unemployment rate indicates employees are willing to hire if they find a very good, very qualified candidate," Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said. "Adding jobs without lowering the unemployment rate underscores the uneven nature of this economy and could continue depending how national and global events shape business plans and consumer confidence."

According to seasonally adjusted data from IDES, August saw a drop in the number of unemployed individuals for the first time since May. The number dropped slightly by 2,500 (0.4 percent) to 602,000.

The rate covers those who are out of work but actively seeking jobs, whether their benefits are exhausted or they are ineligible does not affect the rate.

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