Jeff Mays

Illinois officials say the state's unemployment rate in November remained at 5.6 percent.  

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that nonfarm payrolls increased by 1,700 jobs last month. That's based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES.

October figures were revised to show a growth in 3,400 jobs rather than the preliminary estimate of 2,200.

Total jobs remain below the national average and Illinois is about 30,000 jobs short of its peak employment rate of September 2000.

The government temporarily sends cash assistance to people who've been laid off and are looking for a job. 

But starting next week ... they won't receive unemployment insurance unless they've provided the state with a resume. Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security -- Jeff Mays -- says it will help to link employers with skilled workers.