The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the state's unemployment rate dropped in February for the sixth-straight month.
The department says the February jobless rate fell to 9.1 percent from 9.4 percent in January. That's still much higher than the national 8.3 percent rate.
Department Director Jay Rowell calls the drop a sign that the state continues its steady recovery from recession.
Illinois added 6,500 jobs in February. That's almost double the 3,800 jobs added in January.
Missouri's unemployment rate fell slightly last month while the state's overall payroll increased by a couple thousand jobs.
The state Department of Economic Development reported Tuesday that Missouri's jobless rate in February dropped a tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent, which is its lowest mark since late 2008.
Economic development officials also say Missouri's net nonfarm payroll increased by 2,300 jobs in February.
This is the second straight month that Missouri's payrolls have expanded. More than 21,000 jobs were added last month.
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