CHICAGO — State officials say unemployment across Illinois again increased in August, hitting 9.1 percent.
The jump from July's 8.9 percent unemployment rate was the third straight increase after nine months of declines.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday in its monthly report on statewide unemployment that the state saw sharp increases in the number of people employed in educational and health services jobs and in leisure and hospitality fields. In all, Illinois added a net 9,600 new jobs in August.
Construction firms and trade, transportation and utility employers shed a combined 2,500 jobs in August.
Department Director Jay Rowell says the summer rise in unemployment mirrored the summer of 2011. Last year, unemployment started dropping again in the fall.