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State Unemployment Up. Again.

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jan 24, 2010 7:00PM

The state's unemployment rate rose in December, up to 11.1 percent and well over the 7.2 percent rate from December 2008. IDES Director Maureen O’Donnell said, “The statewide unemployment rate reflects persistent weakness in national job growth as our country wrestles toward economic recovery. Given the depth of this recession, consistent and sustained job creation must occur at the national level before it can be expected in Illinois.” Overall, over 16,000 jobs were cut across the state, the 23rd straight month of job loss in Illinois. Though if you can manage to find work, the city is home to 11 of Fortune magazine's top 100 companies to work for.