Illinois unemployment holds at 9.5 percent

Unemployment held steady in Illinois in March at 9.5 percent with 629,000 people looking for work.

State Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said Thursday that the high unemployment rate reflects continued economic struggles in the U.S. and abroad.

The department said Thursday that Illinois lost a net 17,800 jobs in March. The trade, transportation and utilities sector lost 9,000 jobs and leisure and professional and business services firms shed 5,800 jobs.

– The Associated Press