Illinois' unemployment rate drops to lowest level since May 2008

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CHICAGO - Illinois Department of Employment Security officials say the state's unemployment rate fell yet again in December, to 6.2 percent.

Officials say the improved unemployment rate, which is the lowest it has been since May 2008, was caused by strong job growth in multiple job sectors.  According to department officials, leisure and hospitality companies added 4,500 jobs, construction firms added 6,000 jobs, and educational and health service companies added 4,700 jobs.

However, IDES Director Jeff Mays says the state is still lagging behind the national unemployment average of 5.6 percent.

Illinois' unemployment rate has decreased in nine out of the last ten months.
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