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More than 200,000 Illinois job openings posted

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  • Illinois officials say ads for more than 200,000 job openings were posted online in May and 85 percent of them were for full-time work.

      Illinois officials say ads for more than 200,000 job openings were posted online in May and 85 percent of them were for full-time work.

 
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Illinois officials say ads for more than 200,000 job openings were posted online in May and 85 percent of them were for full-time work.

The state Department of Employment Security says there were about 151,000 jobs posted for the Chicago region. Other top numbers included 9,000 in Bloomington and Peoria, 7,000 in Decatur and Springfield, 6,500 in Rockford and 5,500 in Champaign and Danville.

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Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says it's a sign that Illinois is undergoing economic growth with expanded job opportunities.

The top advertised positions were truck drivers, 11,200; registered nurses, 6,600; retail salespeople, 5,000; and supervisors of salespeople, 4,600.

The media hourly wage for a truck driver is more than $20 an hour. It's more than $31 an hour for nurses.

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