Illinois unemployment edges lower in May
CHICAGO (AP) — Unemployment continued to drop slowly across Illinois in May, partly due to job growth in manufacturing.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that unemployment fell to 8.6 percent in May. It was the ninth straight monthly decrease and was down from 8.7 percent in April. The federal government reported earlier this month that the May national unemployment rate was 8.2 percent. That was up slightly from April's 8.1 percent.
Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says long-term trends continue to indicate a slowly improving economy.
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