Illinois Sees Minimal Job Growth As Unemployment Rates Continue Downward Trend

According to the Illinois Department of Employment Security and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, September was the nineteenth month in a row unemployment rates fell in every metro area while eight metro areas saw job loss compared to a year ago.

IDES Director Jeff Mays said, “Illinois unemployment data since January has shown very weak employment growth compared to many other states.”

The unemployment rate in the Illinois Section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area dropped one percentage point from 6.4 percent in September 2014 to 5.4 percent in September 2015.