The unemployment rate in Missouri ticked down slightly last month, according to new data from the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
Missouri's rate last month was 8.8 percent, down from 8.9 percent in May 2011, and a sharp decrease from June 2010, when 9.2 percent of the state's citizen's were out of work.
The national rate for June stood at 9.2 percent.
Illinois home foreclosure activity rose 4 percent in June compared to the previous month, but was down 25 percent from one year earlier.
A report released Thursday by Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac shows Illinois with 6,541 homes receiving initial foreclosure filings last month.
Another 1,944 properties were scheduled for auction sale and 2,529 properties were repossessed by banks.
Looking at the first six months of the year, Illinois foreclosure activity fell 29 percent compared to the same period last year.
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