Despite job growth, Illinois' unemployment rate rises

Despite job growth, Illinois' unemployment rate rises

The figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security Thursday show the state's unemployment rate rose to 4.7 percent in June from 4.6 percent in May.

Contributing to the decline was 1,000 construction jobs lost in what should have been a big month for the sector.

In May, the jobless rate had declined to a 10-year low of 4.4 percent.

Overall, Weld in June gained another 300 jobs in the mining, logging and construction sector - which includes the oil and gas industry - over the month, bringing year-to-date addition to 1,300. That is the lowest count in Colorado since January 2001, when about 600,000 fewer people were in the state's labor force, said Ryan Gedney, a senior economist with the department.

The total number of area residents unemployed in June was 9,200 less than the same month in 2016.

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Gedney, however, questioned the construction employment estimates for June, saying he didn't think those moved lower.

Employers in Colorado added 6,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,647,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments.

"You certainly need to have increases in the labor force before you're going to see any real growth", Gough said.

Illinois' unemployment rate increased slightly last month.

This compares with an unadjusted unemployment rate of 4.9 percent for California and 4.5 percent for the nation during the same period. Other elevated rates were 6.7 percent in Imperial Beach and 6.3 percent within El Cajon's city limits.