The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that Illinois’ unemployment rate in April held steady at 6.0 percent. The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for April, which dipped slightly from the prior month to 5.4 percent. Nonfarm payroll employment gained +4,800 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
In April, the unemployment rate stood 1.4 percentage points below the unemployment rate a year ago when it was 7.4 percent. The number of unemployed workers remained virtually unchanged from the prior month at 390,700 and is down -19.3 percent over the same month for the prior year.