Illinois Jobless Rate Declined Slightly In February

In order to be counted as unemployed, a person must be both jobless and actively seeking work. The rate was 3.8 percent last February. South Dakota's rate fell by 0.3 percent from January to February while North Dakota's and Iowa's each fell by 0.1 percent. Those included education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services. Wage and salary employment is fewer than 20,000 jobs away from reaching the two million-mark milestone. Manufacturing jobs fell 1,000 to 154,600.

There were 39,013 people reported as employed in the county during February, representing an increase of 160 jobs since January, and 1,178 jobs in the past 12 months.

Economists were split in their interpretation of February's employment numbers.

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"This report confirms we are continuing to make great strides in building a new Virginia economy", McAuliffe said in a statement.

The New Haven area added 1,700 jobs last month, which was best performance among any of the state's six Labor Market areas.

Ten of the county's 11 major industries added payroll jobs last month, bringing total nonfarm payrolls to almost 4.4 million.

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The construction sector saw the largest month-to-month increase in February, growing by 2,800 positions, or 3.5 percent, from a month earlier.

Labor force statistics, including the unemployment rate, are based on estimates from the Current Population Survey of households. The state added 22,900 jobs in February, up slightly from January's 15,300 jobs.

Unemployment by gender: The unemployment rate for men was 4.3 percent, down from 4.5 percent in February 2016.

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The county did see significant losses in Trade, Transportation & Utilities at 700 jobs in February, however, the section is up 900 jobs for the year over. Furthermore, Illinois has struggled with out-migration and is losing many working-age adults to other states, resulting in a smaller labor force.