Illinois' unemployment rate inched up to 6.4 percent in February, while the state added a net 18,100 jobs, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.
The state's jobless rate increased from 6.3 percent in January, largely because more people started searching for work. Illinois saw its labor force grow by 1.8 percent in February compared to one year ago.
There were 420,300 unemployed Illinoisans in February, up 1.9 percent from the previous month and 8.7 percent from one year ago.
Illinois had a higher unemployment rate in February than the national figure of 4.9 percent.
The industry sector that added the most jobs in February was professional and business services, which saw a 6,600 increase, followed by trade, transportation and utilities at 4,500 and leisure and hospitality at 4,200.
February job losses were the greatest in construction along with educational and health services, which lost 2,400 and 2,000 jobs, respectively.
Illinois added a net 65,700 jobs over the past year, according to IDES.