Illinois jobless rate hits 9.4 percent in April -

Illinois jobless rate hits 9.4 percent in April

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois' unemployment rate jumped to 9.4 percent in April as companies continued to shed thousands of jobs.

The number of jobless increased by more than 24,500 last month, bringing the total number of unemployed Illinoisans to 619,500 -- the most since August 1983. Most of the jobs were lost in the manufacturing and business sectors.

Last month's revised Illinois jobless rate stood at 9.0 percent. The national unemployment rate was 8.9 percent.

Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Maureen O'Donnell says workers should take advantage of job counseling and other services offered by her agency.

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APTV 05-21-09 1251CDT

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