August Illinois employment at highest levels on record

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday that the unemployment rate for Illinois was 4.0 percent in August, down 0.2 percentage point from the prior month.

The figures, based on preliminary data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and released by IDES, show the August unemployment rate was the lowest monthly unemployment rate for the state on record. Nonfarm payrolls were stable compared to the prior month, down -1,400 jobs. The July monthly change in payrolls was revised from the preliminary report (from -400 to +1,300 jobs).

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