The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate dropped in February for the sixth-straight month.
The department says the February jobless rate fell to 9.1 percent from 9.4 percent in January. That's still much higher than the national 8.3 percent rate.
Department Director Jay Rowell calls the drop a sign that the state continues its steady recovery from recession.
Illinois added 6,500 jobs in February. That's almost double the 3,800 jobs added in January.