State employment numbers improve

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CHICAGO – There are more signs the economy is improving, despite the ongoing budget crisis in the state capitol. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 5.9% in June. This marks the first time the rate fell below 6 % since 2008.

Companies in transportation and utilities, financial activities, and educational and health services sectors added the largest numbers of jobs in June.

Construction and leisure and hospitality firms reported the largest declines.

Decatur reported an unemployment rate was 6.6% in May. June figures have not yet been reported.

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