Illinois unemployment rose to 9% in January

Illinois unemployment rose to 9% in January

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (Associated Press) -

The state Department of Employment Security says Illinois unemployment rose to 9% in January.

That was up from 8.7% in December and back to almost the 9.1% rate of January 2012.

Department Director Jay Rowell blamed the uneven recovery the state has experienced since the recession.

The number of unemployed people in the state rose by 4% to 594,800. The state added a relatively small 7,100 jobs in January.

The biggest job losses were among companies in the trade, transportation and utilities sector where the state lost a net 5,500 jobs in January. Government agencies also shed a net 1,500 jobs. Educational and health services employers added 5,500 jobs.

The U.S. unemployment rate was 7.9% in January. That was slightly higher than December.

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