Illinois jobless rate down 0.2% from July
State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-IL) announced on his website that the state's jobless percentage rate for August decreased 0.2 percent from July's jobless rate of 5.8 percent.
Continued declines in the number of Illinoisans engaged in the production of tangible goods -- mining, construction and manufacturing -- were matched by the continued creation of new jobs in financial activities and educational and health services, Sandack's website said. The number of Illinoisans employed in tangible goods sectors declined by 4,200 from July to Aug. 2015, and the number of Illinoisans employed in financial, educational or health care professional service sectors increased by 5,000.
Illinois unemployment remained significantly higher than the nationwide figure of 5.1 percent, however.
Also, total non-farm Illinois jobs remained flat at 5.92 million.
House Republicans continue to call for enactment of measures to improve Illinois’ climate as a place to do business, invent and distribute useful goods and services, as well as to create jobs.
The August jobless numbers were released on Sept. 17.
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