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Twin City Unemployment Numbers Stable

Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:01:56 CDT
By: AP

Unemployment declined in all but four of the state's dozen metro areas in June. The state Department of Employment Security says the only areas with higher jobless rates were the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Danville, Decatur and Peoria metro areas. Unemployment increased from 9.6 percent in June 2012 to 10.3 percent in the Chicago area. The highest rate was 12.5 percent in Decatur. That was up from 10.9 percent a year earlier. The town has seen a number of layoffs at a Caterpillar plant that makes mining trucks. The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro area had the lowest unemployment rate in June at 6.8 percent. In Bloomington-Normal the rate dropped only marginally, from 7.6 percent a year ago to 7.5 percent. Statewide unemployment was 9.2 percent in June.   

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
Metropolitan Area    June 2013*    June 2012
Bloomington-Normal 7.5%      7.6%
Champaign-Urbana         8.7%      9.1%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 10.3%      9.6%
Danville                       11.1%    10.0%
Quad Cities                     l6.8%     7.2%
Decatur                       12.5% 10.9%
Kankakee-Bradley        10.9% 11.0%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.2%    8.7%
Peoria                        8.8%    7.9%
Rockford                      11.0% 11.5%
Springfield                7.5%     7.8%
St. Louis (IL-Section)      8.2%     9.0%
* Data subject to revision.

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