Comment: The Illinois unemployment rate dropped to 8.4% in March from February’s 8.7%. The rate declined despite there being 3,200 fewer persons employed in the state than a year ago. The unemployment rate dropped because 24,400 fewer persons were looking for work in Illinois. Department of Employment Security Jay Rowell calls a loss of 3,200 jobs ‘progress’? The operative question for voters needs to be “How many jobs did your policies create?”