Illinois’ Unemployment Rate Continues to Drop

(AP) The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent in June. It was the first time the state jobless rate fell below 6 percent since 2008. The department said Thursday in its monthly unemployment report that the state nonetheless lost 7,500 jobs for the month. The state jobless rate fell from 6 percent in May. Nationally, unemployment was 5.3 percent in June.