Ill. unemployment climbs in May to 8.9 percent

Jun 16, 2011

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent in May. That's up from 8.7 percent just a month earlier and the first monthly increase since January 2010.

The department said Thursday in its monthly release on the statewide unemployment picture that:

  • Illinois still had lower unemployment in May than the country as a whole.
  • The national rate was 9.1 percent.
  • That's up slightly from 9 percent in April.

More detailed data on Illinois counties and metro areas will be released next Thursday.