Illinois Unemployment Rises In March

From the Chicago Tribune:  Illinois’ unemployment rate climbed to 6.5 percent in March, well above the national average, in part because more people are looking for work again. The state added nearly 15,000 jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate rose from 6.4 percent in February and from 5.9 percent in March 2015, according to the report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The national unemployment rate was 5 percent last month, up a notch from 4.9 percent in February.

Analysts with the state agency said the increase was due to lagging job growth and more workers entering the labor force who are not immediately able to find work.

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