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July unemployment rate makes Gov. Pat Quinn a happy camper

Kevin HoffmanReboot Illinois

Aug 14, 2014

With less than three months to go until the November elections, July’s statewide unemployment rate has given incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn reason to boast.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell for a fifth consecutive month to 6.8 percent from 7.1 in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Illinois Department of Employment Security. One year ago, the state’s unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, marking the largest over-the-year decline in 30 years.

Employers added 11,200 private-sector jobs during July — or 10,300 when government losses are included. What sets last month’s gains apart from the previous four is that growth was due to actual job…

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