The state Department of Employment Security said local unemployment rates were mixed across Illinois in October. Some of the increases were sharp, though. The department said today that rates fell in six metro areas but increased in five and held steady in one. Unemployment rose from 6.6 percent in October 2012 to 6.9 percent in Bloomington-Normal. In Decatur the figure jumped from 10.1 percent to 11.7. And in Peoria joblessness rose from 7.6 to 8.7 percent. Layoffs by heavy equipment-maker Caterpillar Inc. have affected both Peoria and Decatur. Unemployment in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metro area fell from 8.4 percent to 8.3 percent. The department also released September figures delayed by the federal government shutdown. Jobless rates fell in six metro areas and increased in five. One was unchanged.
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