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Metro unemployment declines all across IL in March

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 13:58:15 CDT
By: AP

The state Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped in all 12 Illinois metro areas in March. It's the first time that's happened since May 2011. Bloomington-Normal continues to lead the state in low metro joblessness with the March rate sliding .3 to 6.7% compared to 7% March a year ago. The Peoria rate dropped 1.5 points to 7.8 last month. The department says in its monthly update on metro-area unemployment that the biggest decrease was in the Rockford area. The jobless rate fell in Rockford from 13.4% in March 2011 to 11.7%. Rockford still has the state's highest unemployment rate. Kankakee-Bradley is another area with chronically high unemployment that saw its jobless rate drop sharply, from 13.1% to 11.6. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville is the state's largest metro area. Joblessness fell there from 9.4 to 9%. The department said earlier this month that the statewide unemployment rate fell in March from 9.1 to 8.8%. It was the seventh straight monthly decrease.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security's March unemployment numbers for the state's 12 metro areas, compared with March 2011.
Metro area January 2012 January 2011

Bloomington-Normal 6.7 7.0
Champaign-Urbana 7.6 8.0

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 9.0 9.4

Danville 9.7 10.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 7.6 8.1

Decatur 10.1 10.9

Kankakee-Bradley 11.6 13.1

Lake-Kenosha 9.3 10.3

Peoria 7.8 9.3

Rockford 11.7 13.4

Springfield 7.4    7.7

St. Louis (Illinois section) 9.5    9.7

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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