Illinois' unemployment rate ticked down to 5.4 percent in September, but the state lost 6,900 total jobs last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Friday.
The Illinois unemployment rate inched down in September from 5.6 percent to 5.4 percent. Last month, the U.S. unemployment rate was 5.1 percent.
Illinois jobs declined the most in the state's trade, transportation and utilities sector, which lost 6,400 positions. The leisure and hospitality sector cut 1,900 jobs, while 1,800 positions were slashed in manufacturing.
There were 2,100 Illinois jobs added in government last month and the education and health services sector gained 1,400 positions.
"Illinois businesses have added only 2,200 new jobs since the beginning of this year," IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a statement. "It's been six years since the recession and job growth is still dismal. We've got a long way to go before Illinois realizes real employment and economic recovery."