unemployment

Illinois Unemployment Data
1:13 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Illinois metro areas see May jobless rates drop

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State officials say unemployment in all 12 Illinois metro areas dropped in May, and all but three of those regions added jobs or were unchanged.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security put out its monthly metro and county-level unemployment stats Thursday. The department says the biggest decreases last month were in Peoria, Rockford, Danville and the Kankakee-Bradley area.

Rockford remains the area with the highest unemployment rate at 10.7 percent. But that's down from 14.2 percent a year earlier.

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Illinois Unemployment Data
3:05 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

Ill. unemployment climbs in May to 8.9 percent

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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:

Missouri Unemployment Rate
10:16 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Unemployment rate holds steady in May in Missouri

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Missouri's unemployment rate remained just below 9 percent in May.

Figures from the state Department of Economic Development indicate that Missouri's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.9 percent last month - the same level as in April.

The total number of nonfarm jobs, however, fell by 1,500 in May.

The department says the figures were based on conditions in the second week of May, when flooding was occurring in southeast Missouri but before a tornado hit Joplin.

The Road Back to Work
3:31 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

The Road Back to Work: Part Seven, Finding Love While Searching For Work

NPR's Tamara Keith continues her year-long occasional series on unemployment, entitled "The Road Back to Work" tracking six St. Louis residents.

Here's the latest from the series:

Illinois Unemployment Data
3:05 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Illinois April jobless rate falls to 8.7 percent

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Illinois' unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in April, improving for the 15th consecutive month.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the new figures on Thursday.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Akin Expected to Announce Challenge to McCaskill Today

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin may soon be joining the Republican race to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill next year. Akin is expected to announce his Senate candidacy today at a news conference in Creve Coeur.

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Missouri Jobless Rate
5:19 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Mo. jobless rate falls to 8.9 percent in April

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A new report says Missouri's unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point in about two years.

The state Department of Economic Development says April's jobless rate was 8.9 percent, down two-tenths of a point from March. That's the state's lowest unemployment rate since March 2009.

Monday's monthly report also shows a net gain of 2,500 nonfarm jobs in Missouri last month. The agency says the biggest growth came in construction, manufacturing and retail trade.

Illinois Unemployment Data
1:34 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

March jobless rate drops in Illinois metro areas

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State officials say the March unemployment rate dropped in every Illinois metropolitan area for a record seventh consecutive month.

A report released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that the Rockford metropolitan area with the state's highest unemployment rate, at 13.3 percent. That's almost 4 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

The Kankakee-Bradley metropolitan area March rate was second-highest, at 12.7 percent.

Other metro areas with jobless rates over 10 percent were:

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The Road Back to Work
9:27 am
Fri April 15, 2011

The Road Back to Work: Part Six, The Satisfaction Of Having A Job

NPR's Tamara Keith continues her year-long occasional series on unemployment, entitled "The Road Back to Work" tracking six St. Louis residents.

Here's the latest from the series:

Unemployment Benefits
2:21 pm
Wed April 13, 2011

Gov. Nixon signs bill extending unemployment benefits

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon, pictured here during his 2011 State of the State address.
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation restoring federally funded jobless benefits to thousands of Missourians, but cutting aid to people laid off in the future.

Nixon's signature Wednesday means retroactive payments will go out later this week or early next week to about 10,000 people whose eligibility for unemployment benefits ended April 2. It also means that people who lose their jobs on Sunday or later will be eligible for just 20 weeks of state-funded benefits instead of 26.

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