Illinois unemployment rate rises to 10.1%

November 18, 2011

The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Illinois' unemployment rate went up slightly in October even as the state added 30,000 more jobs.

Officials said Friday that the unemployment rate in Illinois is 10.1 percent, above the national rate of 9 percent. Though the state added jobs in several industries, state unemployment went up because more job-seekers are re-entering the workforce.

Unemployment figures are calculated using the number of jobless people who are actively seeking work.

The professional and business services industry added the most jobs last month, with 10,600.

Jay Rowell, the director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, says the new numbers are encouraging.