CHICAGO (AP) — Unemployment across Illinois inched lower in April, the eighth consecutive monthly decrease, but job growth all but stalled, according to a report from the state Department of Employment Security released Thursday.

Statewide unemployment fell to 8.7 percent, down from 8.8 percent in March, the department said in its regular monthly report on joblessness in Illinois. The national jobless rate was 8.1 percent in April, the federal government said last week.

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