Illinois' Jobless Rate Jumps Slightly

Seasonally adjusted jobless rate for January was 11.3 percent

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    tate officials say unemployment in Illinois jumped slightly from December to January.

    State officials say unemployment in Illinois jumped slightly from December to January.

    The seasonally adjusted jobless rate for January was 11.3 percent. That's compared with an 11 percent revised rate the month before.

    The rate is the highest for Illinois since August of 1983. In January of last year, the rate was 8.1 percent.

    Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Maureen O'Donnell says there are signs the recession is ending.

    For example, she says preliminary data for January reflects job growth for Illinois.

    At the same time, O'Donnell says there are signs people will continue to have trouble finding jobs.

    The national unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in January and February. Data for Illinois in February will be available later this month.

    Statistics showed that at the end of last year, Illinois had the second-highest unemployment rate in the Midwest.