Thanks to a boost in both government and business service jobs,
Illinois' unemployment rate actually fell from 11.5 to 11.2 percent in
April. The state added 19,000 jobs, the fourth consecutive month of
increases. "The job market in both the nation and Illinois is beginning
to show signs of improvement," said IDES Director Maureen O'Donnell.
Here's an updated chart tracking Illinois' jobless rate against the national average: