Illinois posted job growth of 19,600 in February, with bigger payrolls in 10 of 14 Illinois-based metropolitan areas.
Illinois added 19,600 jobs from mid-January through mid-February, marking the ninth consecutive month of job gains.
February growth was spread across 10 of the 14 Illinois-based metropolitan areas, according to data released April 1 by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While the largest numeric increase came from Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro, which added 13,700 jobs, the largest percentage increase came from Decatur, which grew payrolls by 0.6%, or 300 jobs.
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