Illinois' unemployment rate ticked up to 6.3 percent in January, while the state added a net 1,500 jobs, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.
The state's jobless rate increased from 6.1 percent in December. There were 412,600 unemployed Illinoisans in January, a 3 percent increase from the previous month.
Illinois had a higher unemployment rate in January than the national figure of 4.9 percent.
IDES detailed which sectors saw the biggest job gains and losses.
"In January, the two industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+3,600) and Educational and Health Services (+3,200)," reads an IDES news release. "The three industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were: Government (-2,600); Other Services (-2,100); and Financial Activities (-1,700). "
Illinois added a net 57,600 jobs over the past year, according to IDES.
Nonetheless, IDES Director Jeff Mays says job growth continues to be sluggish in the state.
"When you compare job growth to most other states across nation, Illinois has persistently lagged the national growth rate throughout the recovery period," he said.