Illinois Employment

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security says employers in the state added more than 50-thousand jobs in the past year.

That's according to figures released yesterday by the U-S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state employment security department says Illinois employers added 54-thousand-300 new jobs over the year.

The data shows that Illinois has created 174-thousand-800 new jobs since January 2004. That is more new jobs than any other state in the Midwest.

Last month, the most jobs were added in the educational and health-care services and construction sectors. There were about one-thousand jobs added to the construction industry in April. And educational and health-care services added 17-hundred new jobs.

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