Unemployment, number of jobs increase in Illinois in June 


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois unemployment rate increased slightly in June while nonfarm payrolls increased by nearly 9,000 jobs. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported the preliminary data Thursday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment inched up 0.1 percentage point in June to settle at 4.7 percent. Employment Security Director Jeff Mays also revised May job-growth numbers up sharply.