The Illinois unemployment rate remained fixed at 6 percent in May, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The state's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent this time last year.
Job growth continued to be sluggish in Illinois last month, when 9,200 jobs were added.
"Though 9,200 new jobs are good, this represents a job growth rate of less than 0.2 percent," said IDES Director Jeff Mays. "Illinois policymakers must continue to focus on improving our underlying business climate."
There were 392,000 unemployed workers in May, a .3 percent increase over the previous month and a 15.6 percent decrease compared to one year ago.