Chicago (AP) -- Unemployment held steady
in March at 9.5 percent with 629,000 people looking for work.
State Department of Employment Security
Director Jay Rowell said Thursday that the high unemployment rate reflects
continued economic struggles in U.S.
March figures for other U.S. states
aren't yet available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the 9.5 percent
rate in February meant that Illinois
had higher unemployment than all but three states. Officials said at the time
that the state's jobless rate was climbing as job seekers who'd given up their
searches started looking again.
The department said Thursday that Illinois lost a net
17,800 jobs in March. The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 9,000
jobs and leisure and professional and business services firms shed 5,800 jobs.
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