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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he was "insensitive" when he said out-of-work people don't want jobs because they enjoy collecting unemployment benefits.
 
The state senator from Bloomington told The (Springfield) State Journal-Register Wednesday he "didn't take into consideration there are a number of people out there looking for jobs who don't want to be on unemployment."
 
During a GOP gubernatorial debate Tuesday in Naperville Brady said unemployment benefits should be cut. He said Illinois provides out-of-work residents larger and longer benefits than most states.
 
He also said business leaders tell him they have trouble rehiring former workers because they are enjoying collecting unemployment insurance.
 
Brady is seeking the GOP nomination against state Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner, and Treasurer Dan Rutherford.
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CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate dropped in November for a fourth straight month. But the 8.6 percent rate is still one of the highest in the country.
 
The department said Friday that the state lost a net 3,200 jobs in December. Officials blamed brutal cold for decreases in, among other areas, construction jobs.
 
But Department Director Jay Rowell says Illinois' economy remains on track for moderate expansion.
 
The unemployment rate fell from 8.7 percent in November. The national unemployment rate for December was 6.7 percent. That's the lowest figure since late 2008.
 
Construction jobs were reduced by 4,500 in December. Government, labor and hospitality and educational and health services employers also all cut jobs.
 
Trade, transportation and utilities firms added a net 4,500 jobs.
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Thursday, 15 August 2013 16:42

Illinois unemployment rate creeps up again

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The unemployment rate rose slightly in Illinois in July, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

State officials say Thursday that Illinois' unemployment rate inched to 9.2 percent last month. That's up from an adjusted 9.1 percent in June. The figure was 9 percent in July 2012.

Employers around the state added a net 6,600 non-farm jobs in July. Overall, the private sector added 7,100 positions.

Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 900 jobs in July. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months.

Construction firms added 1,600 jobs in July while the education and health services sector cut 3,600.

Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July 2013, although the state's figure is often higher than the national one.

 

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's unemployment rate edged up slightly even though businesses added thousands of jobs in June.

The Missouri Department of Economic Development said Tuesday that employer payrolls grew by 12,800 jobs in June, compared with the previous month.

Despite that growth, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also inched up by one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent in June.

The largest job growth occurred in the leisure and hospitality sector, which added 5,400 jobs. An additional 4,700 jobs were added in retail and wholesale trade, and 2,000 jobs were added in durable goods manufacturing.

 

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Governor Jay Nixon says the latest unemployment figures show Missouri's economy continues to build positive momentum.

The state's jobless rate ticked down a tenth of a percent to 6.6 in April. The hospitality sector saw the largest gains with 4,800 new jobs, but construction and finance both lost 700 jobs.

The national rate sits at 7.5 percent.

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