Illinois' unemployment rate dropped ever-so-slightly in November to 10.9 percent. But state officials don't see it as a reason to rejoice just yet.
They say the slight 0.1 percentage point decrease from October's jobless rate is to be expected in the ups and downs of a national recession.
Nationally, the November unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percent to reach 10 percent.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the pace of job loss has slowed.
Job loss in Illinois during the last three months has averaged about 6,000 each month compared to an average monthly job loss of 25,000 during the first eight months of this year.
The unemployment rate counts those who are out of work and seeking employment, regardless if they're eligible for unemployment insurance.