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Illinois unemployment drops to 8.7 percent

CHICAGO – Unemployment dropped in Illinois in November to 8.7 percent.

It was the third straight monthly decrease, but Illinois' unemployment rate remains one of the highest nationally.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the addition of a net 10,300 private-sector jobs helped push unemployment down by two-tenths of a percent in November. The federal government said earlier this month that national unemployment dropped to 7 percent in November from 7.3 percent a month earlier.

According the monthly Illinois report, the state added 6,100 construction jobs in November and 6,700 jobs among trade, transportation and utility companies.

But the state's manufacturers cut payrolls by a net 10,300 jobs. And government employers cut 4,400 jobs.

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