Economy & employment on an upswing

By Anna Carrera

Published 08/14 2014 06:10PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:12PM

ILLINOIS -- More people were working in the state last month than in the past six years. It's because more than 11,000 jobs were added. Governor Quinn says it's really good news for the state.

He says, "If you're breathing, we want you working."

It looks like that's happening more across the state. Quinn stopped in Savoy Thursday afternoon to meet with the Plumbers and Pipe-fitters Union.

The state's unemployment rate has been falling since last July. It's now down to 6.8%. It hasn't been that low since August 2008.

A big part of the uptick? A lot of builders. More than 8,000 new construction jobs have been added statewide since the beginning of the year.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's campaign says Illinois is still down thousands of jobs and we still have one of the worst unemployment rates in the country.

Some of the jobs added in our area recently include ones to renovate the Palmer Arena, in Danville, and work on Parkland College, in Champaign.

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