PI Original Adam Doster Thursday November 19th, 2009, 1:40pm

Illinois Unemployment Rate Climbs To 11 Percent

The state's unemployment troubles just keeps growing. Today, the
Illinois Department of Employment Security released the October jobless
rate. In just one month, it jumped from 10.5 to 11 percent, the highest
level in 26 years. CBS 2 has more:

The state reported ...

The state's unemployment troubles just keeps growing. Today, the Illinois Department of Employment Security released the October jobless rate. In just one month, it jumped from 10.5 to 11 percent, the highest level in 26 years. CBS 2 has more:

The state reported job losses in numerous industries. The trade and transportation sectors lost 1,400 jobs, and the manufacturing sector lost 800. But some sectors reported significant gains in jobs – 3,600 for educational and health services, 1,300 for professional and business services, and 1,000 for construction, according to the Department of Employment Security.

Here's our updated graph showing the comparison between the state and national unemployment figures, dating back to January 2008. It's not pretty:

For those trying to stay afloat, there is some good news to report from Washington. Roll Call (subscription required) notes that Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have been "quietly trying to write a jobs bill that the Senate can act on early next year." Durbin was a staunch advocate in the Senate fight to extend unemployment insurance through 2009, so his involvement probably increases the chances that jobless benefits will be factored into the new bill.

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