The Illinois unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in June, while the state lost a net 2,200 jobs last month, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) said Thursday.
The state’s jobless rate decreased from 6.4 percent in May, largely because more people left the workforce.
Illinois’ labor force is down 0.5 percent compared to May, though it is up 1.9 percent from one year ago.
Illinois had a higher unemployment rate in June than the national figure of 4.9 percent.
The Illinois industry sector that added the most jobs in June was professional and business services, which saw a 3,000 increase, followed by financial activities at 1,700 and other services at 1,500. June job losses were the greatest in educational and health services as well as trade, transportation and utilities, which lost 7,300 and 1,000 positions, respectively.
Illinois added a net 41,300 jobs over the past year, according to IDES.
Sean McCarthy, acting director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, noted that Illinois lost 9,100 manufacturing jobs over the past year.
“Manufacturing has been a critical part of our state’s economy, providing stable, good paying jobs for Illinois families,” he said in a statement. “We need action on structural reforms to Illinois’ dysfunctional worker’s compensation, regulation, and tax systems to make our state competitive and bring solid middle class jobs back to Illinois.”