The unemployment rate rose slightly in Illinois in July, according to preliminary data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security. State officials say Illinois' unemployment rate inched to 9.2 percent last month. That's up from an adjusted 9.1 percent in June. The figure was 9 percent in July 2012. Employers around the state added a net 6,600 non-farm jobs in July. Overall, the private sector added 7,100 positions. Meanwhile, manufacturers cut a net 900 jobs in July. Illinois' manufacturing had been one of the state's strongest employment sectors until recent months. Construction firms added 1,600 jobs in July while the education and health services sector cut 3,600. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in July 2013, although the state's figure is often higher than the national one.
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