More than 37,000 jobs were lost in February, the second largest over-the-month decrease on records which date back to 1990. And compared to February of last year, Illinois employers have reduced payrolls by 206,300. The state's unemployment rate reached 8.6%... the highest level since December of 1991.
Most of the cuts came in the manufacturing, construction, and professional and business services industries. But there is a bit of a silver lining, the education and health services industry has managed to add nearly 13,000 jobs over the last year.
To read the entire report from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, click here .