Illinois unemployment dips to 8.8 percent

October 18, 2012

Greta Johnsen/The Associated Press

Illinois' unemployment rate dipped to 8.8 percent in September.

That's down from a rate of 9.1 percent in August. And the Illinois Department of Employment Security says the seasonally adjusted figures reported Thursday show Illinois' unemployment rate has fallen 10 times in the past 13 months.

Dan Martin of Barrington, Illinois, is one of the people in Illinois who recently found work. He says he spent about a year actively searching before he landed a job at the University of Illinois. When he finally got the offer, he said he cried.

 “After hearing no for months on end, many times each week," Martin said, "To finally feel like somebody actually wants you -- you know, it becomes a personal thing where your value as a person is related to your job search.” 

IDES says Illinois added 13,800 jobs in September, and Director Jay Rowell calls the news "encouraging because it reinforces the trend of continued job growth."

The department says last month's job gains were driven by the areas of professional and business services, as well as the leisure and hospitality sectors.

The U.S. unemployment rate for September stood at 7.8 percent.