Job growth up last month across the state

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Industries with the biggest job gains include trade, transportation and utilities as well as leisure and hospitality. (Facebook/IDES)

By IIS Radio

SPRINGFIELD – October marked the 17th month in a row of job growth in Illinois.

The state unemployment rate increased slightly last month from 4.5% to 4.6%, but 3,600 jobs were added says Illinois Department of Employment Security director Kristin Richards.

“This tells us that payroll job growth has continued to instill further confidence in the Illinois labor market, attracting more people to the labor force, and signaling a continued strengthening labor market landscape across the state,” said Richards.

Industries with the biggest job gains include trade, transportation and utilities as well as leisure and hospitality.

The government sector lost 8,100 jobs over the last month.

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