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Unemployment in Illinois

Updated: Tuesday, August 19 2014, 09:42 AM CDT
ILLINOIS -- The Illinois unemployment rate is down to 6.8 percent, the lowest it's been in six years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released their July jobs report Monday morning which showed a drop of more than 2 percent compared to a year ago. THAT'S The largest one year drop since 1984, but Bruce Rauner's campaign, and analysts weren't as optimistic. A statement from the Rauner camp says Illinois is still leading the Midwest in the number of Job losses since January. Tonight, analysts explain why these numbers could be misleading.

"The entire reason why the unemployment rate fell for July is because people dropped out of the workforce. So we had people who were unemployed, they just stopped looking for work, so they dropped out of the workforce. So now we have fewer people unemployed," says Director of Jobs and Growth for the Illinois Policy Institute Michael Lucci.

17,000 people stopped looking for jobs in July. 21,000 had stopped looking in June, but new jobs are being created. Officials with the Illinois Department of Employment Security say there are more than 35,000 more jobs now than there were a year ago. In response to the report, Governor Quinn says, "Illinois' comeback is going strong and we've got more work to do," adding that the report is further proof that Illinois is heading in the right direction.Unemployment in Illinois


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