The Illinois unemployment rate ticked down to 6.7 percent in August. The last time the state's unemployment rate was under 6.7 percent was back in July 2008, when the figure was 6.6 percent.
"More people are working today than at any time in the past six years, and that is thanks in part to companies like Hydro who are staking their future right here in the Land of Lincoln,” Quinn said at an appearance at the Chicago-based pump-rebuilding company. “While we have more work to do, we are getting the job done, and Illinois is headed in the right direction.”
In July of 2012, the unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, and led to the largest year-over-year drop since 1984, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.