Illinois ended 2016 with 28,400 more jobs than it had when the year started, though a big job drop in December didn't help the cause.
The state lost 16,700 jobs in December, the most of any month last year, according to preliminary data released Friday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The unemployment rate rose a notch to 5.7 percent in December, up from 5.6 percent in November. During December 2015, the Illinois unemployment rate was 6.1 percent.
The agency also revised preliminary job numbers for November to show a loss rather than a gain. The state lost 4,500 jobs in November, as opposed to the 1,700 gain that was reported last month.