The unemployment rate fell to 8.7 percent in January, down from 9.2 percent one year ago, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security. While employers reported 21,600 more jobs than one year ago, there were 27,600 fewer jobs than one month ago.

 

http://www.ides.illinois.gov/?item=5845&newssidebar=1