CHICAGO (AP) -- Officials from the Illinois Department of Employment Security say employers have added 54-thousand-300 new jobs since July last year.
The data shows Illinois has created 186-thousand jobs since January 2004. The number is more new jobs than any other Midwest state.
IDES spokesman James Sledge says Illinois is adding an average of 32-hundred jobs each month. He says the increase signals continued healthy growth and expansion through the state.
The most jobs added last month were in the professional and business services. There were about 22-thousand-700 jobs in that sector. The leisure and hospitality sector followed with 18-thousand new jobs.
That's according to figures released by the U-S Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.