Illinois Unemployment en Illinois Unemployment Falls Below 9 Percent <p>The Illinois unemployment rate fell below 9 percent in March in what continues to be a slow, sometimes unsteady recovery from recession. The state Department of Employment Security reports an 8.8 percent March rate which is the first time the jobless rate has fallen below&nbsp;nine percent since February 2009 and the seventh straight decrease. Illinois&rsquo; unemployment rate still remains higher than the US average of 8.2 percent.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 20:25:22 +0000 Associated Press 17696 at