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article imageChicago: Unemployment jumps to 9.1 percent in Illinois

By Larry Clifton     Sep 20, 2012 in Politics
Chicago - Unemployment in Obama’s adopted state of Illinois crept up to 9.1 percent in August, from 8.9 percent in July, raising concerns about a sluggish economy.
The increase was the third consecutive jump in Illinois unemployment after previous months of modest declines, according to the Chicago Tribune.
State officials say unemployment across Illinois again increased in August, hitting 9.1 percent.
The jump from July's 8.9 percent unemployment rate was the third straight increase after nine months of declines. The U.S. unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in August.
State officials claim the state saw “sharp increases” in unemployment among workers in education, health services and leisure and hospitality fields.
Illinois only added 9,600 jobs in August, not enough make up for jobs that were lost. Construction companies and trades lost about 2,500 jobs in August, according to the report.
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