State Unemployment Rate Doesn't Reflect National Rate
While the jobless rate for the country is making some significant progress, that's not the case in Illinois.
The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in February. In Illinois, it came in at 9 percent. That's a drop of just 1 percent from this time last year.
February's jobs report shows the economy added 236,000 jobs in the country. Illinois contributed 7,100.
People in central Illinois are still finding it a struggle to find work in the area.
"I actually have to rely on family members to help me out, help me pay some bills," Austin Clouse, who is seeking employment, said. "I'm looking forward to paying them back as soon as I get a job. It's not easy, it's not easy."
Since January 2010, Illinois has added 222,000 private sector jobs to the workforce. There are still 12 million people unemployed in the U.S.
A larger number of people are in part-time jobs.
Story by NewsChannel20.
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