Illinois reversed a late-summer slide and added jobs in October but continues to lag national trends — and neighboring states.
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 3,400 jobs across Illinois last month, and the unemployment rate dipped 0.1 percentage points to 4.9 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced Thursday.
The state shed a downwardly revised 7,900 jobs in September and last added jobs in July, according to IDES.
Illinois’ job creation rebound in October was overshadowed by growth in neighboring states, IDES spokesman Bob Gough said.
“Our neighboring states all surpassed us last month; all had greater job creation numbers than we did,”...