Illinois has nation's second-highest unemployment rate - – Rockford’s News Leader

Illinois has nation's second-highest unemployment rate


Although Illinois' unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 9.2 percent, it put the state in second place for highest rate in the nation.

Illinois joined 14 other states in keeping its rate unchanged in August. However, unemployment rose in 18 states. Job cuts and weaker hiring are adding to concerns over the dull job market. The rate went down in 17 states.

Twenty-nine states added jobs, the fewest amount since March, while 20 states reported job losses, the highest number since March.

Nevada has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 9.5 percent. North Dakota sports the lowest rate at just three percent.


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