Unemployment in Illinois increased to 9.2 percent in June, the second straight month the state jobless rate increased.
The state Department of Employment Security on Thursday laid part of the blame on weak consumer confidence they said was hindering the national economy.
The national unemployment rate hit also 9.2 percent in June. That was up from 9.1 percent.
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.
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