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Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year

Illinois economy adds 59,100 jobs in past year

The Illinois economy has added 59,100 jobs over the past 12 months, while the overall unemployment rate dropped only a tenth of a point, to 4.3 percent, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

The preliminary, seasonally-adjusted numbers for February showed the state’s jobless rate was still higher than the national average of 3.8 percent.

Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois

Teacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois

Looking for ways to ease the state’s growing teacher shortage, some Illinois lawmakers are again turning their attention to the battery of tests that prospective teachers must take to be licensed, arguing those tests deter many college students from trying to enter the profession.

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