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Illinois Unemployment Rate Shows More Job Seekers

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More people entered the workforce, pushing Illinois' unemployment rate higher in January. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate was 9.0 percent. One year earlier, the rate was 9.1 percent.

The state says employers added 7,100 jobs in January 2013. Leading job growth areas were in professional and business services (+87,600); Education and health services (+55,800); and trade, transportation and utilities (+43,000). Government has lost the most jobs since January 2010, down -26,300.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and seeking employment. Persons who exhausts benefits, or is ineligible, still will be reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.

More than 100,000 help-wanted ads are on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers.