January 17. 2013 2:00PM - Last modified: January 17. 2013 2:13PM

Illinois unemployment rate holds at 8.7 percent in December

Illinois' unemployment rate held steady at 8.7 percent in December.

Preliminary data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show there are 576,000 Illinois residents out of work. The rate doesn't reflect unemployed people who've quit looking for work.

Read more in Crain's Chicago Business.