ILLINOIS (IRN) — The State of Illinois’ record-low unemployment rate continued into October, according to a new state report.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the October unemployment and jobs numbers for the state. Statewide unemployment remained at a record low of 3.9 percent.
The Illinois unemployment is 0.3 percentage points higher than the national average of 3.6 percent. The state’s unemployment was at 4.2 percent a year ago.
IDES spokeswoman Rebecca Cisco said the overall non-farm job growth in the state remained strong. Illinois added 1,900 jobs from September to October. The leading industry for job creation in October compared to the previous month was government jobs. Year-to-year job growth in the state saw the largest gains in the Leisure and Hospitality industries, Educational and Health Services industries, and government jobs. Over the past year, Illinois has added 57,000 jobs.
Illinois’ nonfarm payrolls were up 0.9 percent over the past year. According to the IDES, national jobs numbers a year to year increase of 1.4 percent.
Job creation has been a driver of low unemployment in Illinois. The number of unemployed workers decreased in October from September by 1.9 percent. IDES reported a record low number of unemployed people in the state of 251,000.
The unemployment rate measures those who are out of work and looking for work.