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THE ILLINOIS UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINED SLIGHTLY IN JULY…TO FIVE POINT EIGHT PERCENT.

DESPITE THE DROP IN THE JOBLESS RATE AND A GAIN OF 19 HUNDRED JOBS LAST MONTH…ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY ANALYST EVELINA LOESCHER SAYS GROWTH OVERALL HAS BEEN SLUGGISH.

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GROWTH WAS SEEN IN JULY IN CONSTRUCTION, LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY AND IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOBS.

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JULY JOB LOSSES WERE SEEN IN PROFESSIONAL AND BUSINESS SERVICES, EDUCATION AND HEALTH SERVICES AND IN MANUFACTURING

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