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Lower unemployment numbers might not mean what you think. That’s the message from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Overall unemployment numbers are down in the state but those numbers don’t just indicate that more people are getting jobs says IDES’s Bob Gough. 
 
 
So in other words the workforce is shrinking. Five parts of the state saw improvement in jobs numbers and 11 lost jobs. Things are still tough for job seekers in the more industrial areas of Illinois including Rockford. 

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