(SPRINGFIELD) The Illinois Department of Employment Security has announced that the unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent in August and nonfarm payrolls decreased by some 5,200 jobs over-the-month. The 4.1 percent rate matches the state’s lowest unemployment number on record. The top three sectors with the largest employment gains in August were Professional & Business Services, Trade-Transportation-Utilities, and Financial Activities. The sectors with the largest payroll drops were Leisure & Hospitality, Education & Health Services, and Construction. Illinois’ rate a year ago in August 2017 was 5 percent even.
(SPRINGFIELD) Illinois home sales slowed slightly in August as lower inventory continued to affect the market and consumers began to shift their attention to the start of a new school year. The Illinois Realtors report the statewide home sales in August totaled 16,453 units sold, down two tenths of a percentage point (0.2%) from a year ago. Illinois’ median price last month was $202,150 which is up 1.1% from August of 2017. The data shows that fifty-one (51), that’s half of the Illinois counties, reported sales gains for August over previous-year numbers. For more information and data, go online at www.illinoisrealtors.org.
(CHICAGO) Illinois’ 10th Annual U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration was held earlier this week on Monday, during the yearly observance of Constitution Day 2018 in Chicago. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Ruben Castillo took time to naturalize 60 people from various countries. The event included a parade of flags, patriotic music, and more. Over the past ten years, over 750 people from various counties have become U.S. citizens at this annual ceremony. This past Monday’s observance commemorated the 231st anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, which took place September 17, back in 1787.