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Progress report: Illinois moves up from second-worst unemployment to third-worst in the nation

Apr 23, 2014

According to March 2014 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois is the third-worst state in the country for unemployment rate. But that’s progress! According to February figures, Illinois was second-worst, ahead of only Rhode Island. Now, Illinois has jumped ahead of Nevada as well.

As you can see in the map below, Illinois still has 8.4 percent unemployment. One thing to note with that figure is that it is according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The 8.4 percent figure put out by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a seasonally adjusted rate. For…

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