Illinois jobs up and unemployment down in October

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Jobs are up and unemployment is down across Illinois.

The state's unemployment rate is currently 4.9%. The state gained 3,400 jobs last month. So far this year, Illinois has gained an average of nearly 2,000 jobs each month.

“Month-to-month changes sometimes obscure important trends,” says IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Illinois’ unemployment rate remained at 5.0 percent or lower for eight months – the last time that happened was in mid-2007.”