Illinois unemployment rate fell in September but the state lost jobs.
The Department of Employment Security said Friday in its monthly report that unemployment fell to 5.4 percent in September. That was down from 5.6 percent in August but still higher than the 5.1 percent national rate.
The department pointed out that Illinois lost a net 6,900 jobs in September. Director Jeff Mays says the state's job growth is "dismal.''
Employment sectors that grew in September included a gain of 2,100 positions in government and a net 1,400 new jobs in education and health care.