A report this week revealed that Illinois’ unemployment is the highest it has been in 26 years.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security announced that the state’s unemployment rate jumped from 10.5 percent in September to 11 percent in October. In October 2008, the unemployment rate was 6.8 percent.

Though there were job losses in Illinois industries, some sectors had noticeable increases in employment. Education and health services, as well as business and construction, all reported gains. Manufacture, transportation and trade sectors experienced losses.

The national unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in October, which is the highest it has been since April 1983.

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