The Illinois jobless rate fell from 9.4 percent to 9.1 percent in February, marking the sixth straight month that the state's unemployment rate has declined. Employers added 6,500 jobs in February, according to statistics compiled by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
Illinois unemployment peaked in January 2010 at 11.4 percent. Unemployment numbers do not include those working part-time but would like full-time work or people who have stopped actively looking for a job.
The national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent.