Unemployment rates dropped in November for 11 of Illinois' 12 metro areas. Bloomington Normal continues to enjoy the state's lowest metro jobless rate at 6.1% down from 6.8% in November of last year. Peoria's rate is down .3 to 7.7%. The Illinois Department of Employment Security reports. Decatur is the only metro area to see an increase in the unemployment rate for the month. Decatur's rate stood at 10.2 percent last month, compared to 9.8 percent in November 2011. The areas seeing the largest decline were Rockford, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville and Kankakee-Bradley. Rockford dropped 1.3 percentage points to 10.5 percent last month. The Chicago region dropped 1.2 points to 8.3 percent, while Kankakee-Bradley fell 1.1 points to 10 percent. Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says the falling unemployment rates show that Illinois' economy continues to improve.
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