Illinois added a net 7,400 jobs last month, while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) reported Thursday.
Illinois had a higher unemployment rate in September than the national figure of 5 percent.
The Illinois industry sector that added the most jobs in September was professional and business services, which saw a 5,100 increase, followed by educational and health services at 1,500 and other services at 1,200.
September job losses were the greatest in financial activities, which lost 1,300 jobs. Manufacturing as well as leisure and hospitality lost 800 and 500 jobs, respectively.
Illinois added a net 43,400 jobs over the past year, according to IDES.
Here's more from the Illinois jobs report:
Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +43,400 jobs with the largest gains in two industry sectors: Professional and Business Services (+23,500); and Leisure and Hospitality (+21,600). Industry sectors with the largest over-the-year declines in September include: Manufacturing (-12,700) and Information Services (-4,000). The +0.7 percent over-the-year gain in Illinois is less than the +1.7 percent gain posted by the nation in September.
Greg Baise, CEO and president of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association, reacted to the state's loss of manufacturing jobs.
"Another disappointing jobs report punctuates the dilemma Illinois has in keeping middle class jobs," Baise said in a statement. "The General Assembly must act as soon as possible to fix the problems plaguing Illinois. This news is the latest example that government policies are destroying the manufacturing sector and our middle class jobs. The Illinois economy will continue to worsen until the state has a balanced budget and passes real economic development reforms that will get our economy moving again."