The current economic recession is continuing to take a toll in the State of Illinois. During March, the Illinois unemployment rate increased again.
The state saw its unemployment rate jump from 8.6 percent to 9.1 percent during March, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois had a total non-farm employment of 5,744,000 workers during March, down from 5,783,600 workers during February and a 3.9 percent decrease from last year.
Once again, the construction industry took the biggest hit. The industry employed 233,200 workers during March, down from 235,400 workers during February and an 11.4 percent decrease from last year.