Illinois' unemployment rate inched up to 6.6 percent in April, while the state added a net 5,400 jobs last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.
The state's jobless rate increased from 6.5 percent in March, largely because more people started searching for work. Illinois saw its labor force grow by 2.7 percent in April compared to one year ago.
Illinois had a higher unemployment rate in April than the national figure of 5 percent.
The Illinois industry sector that added the most jobs in April was professional and business services, which saw a 7,600 increase, followed by educational and health services at 2,600 and government at 1,400.
March job losses were the greatest in "other services" and financial activities, which lost 2,300 and 2,200 positions, respectively.
"April saw modest job growth but more than half of this growth was experienced in temporary jobs or employment agencies," IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a statement. "Additionally, though Illinois jobs saw a moderate increase over the last four months, the portion of full-time jobs in Illinois remains lower than it was before the recession began in 2007."
Illinois added a net 67,500 jobs over the past year, according to IDES.