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BN Jobless Up Just One Tenth In July

Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:04:44 CDT
By: AP and Willis Kern

Unemployment fell in seven of Illinois' 12 metro areas in July. Bloomington-Normal is second in the state in low metro unemployment behind the Illinois Quad Cities area. The Twin Cities rate last month was 7.8%, just a tenth of a point higher than a year ago. But some increases elsewhere were sharp and driven by manufacturing declines. Peoria for example saw its jobless rate go from 8% July a year ago to 9.4% last month. The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped in areas that included Champaign-Urbana, Springfield and the Metro East near St. Louis. The last of those three saw a steep drop, from 9.6 percent in July 2012 to 8.6 percent. CAT layoffs hit Decatur hard. The unemployment rate there went from 11.3% a year ago to 13.2% last month.

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment rates dropped in seven of Illinois' 12 metro areas in July, though some increases were sharp.

     Metropolitan Area   July 2013 July 2012

     Bloomington-Normal 7.8 7.7

     Champaign-Urbana    8.9 9.1

     Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 9.7 9.4

     Danville      11.8 10.6

     Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl.      6.9 7.1

     Decatur       13.2 11.3

     Kankakee-Bradley    11.2 11.3

     Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.4   8.8

     Peoria 9.4   8.0

     Rockford      11.4 11.7

     Springfield   8.0   8.1

     St. Louis (IL-Section)    8.6 9.6

     Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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