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IL Metro Jan Jobless Rate Declines In Most Areas

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:09:50 CDT
By: AP

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped in January in 11 of Illinois' 12 metro areas, but most areas lost jobs. The department said Thursday the jobless rate increased only in the Danville area. Unemployment rose to 12.5% in Danville from 11.9% a year earlier. Rates fell in the state's highest unemployment areas. Decatur unemployment fell from 13.9% to 12.9. In Rockford the rate fell slightly from 13% to 12.9. But the department says only five areas added jobs and only the Lake-Kenosha and Champaign-Urbana areas added large numbers. The department blamed global manufacturing struggles for decreases in jobs in seven metro areas. Unemployment in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area dropped from 10% to 8.6%. The statewide unemployment rate in January was 8.7%.

Metropolitan Area    Jan. 2014    Jan. 2013

     Bloomington-Normal      7.7%     7.8%      
     Champaign-Urbana     8.5% 9.1%
     Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 8.6% 10.0%
     Danville       12.5% 11.9%
     Davenport-Moline-Rock Island       8.0% 8.2%
     Decatur        12.9% 13.9%
     Kankakee-Bradley     11.9% 12.9%
     Lake-Kenosha 9.2% 10.1%
     Peoria      9.8% 10.1%
     Rockford       12.9% 13.0%
     Springfield    8.2% 8.8%
     St. Louis (Illinois' Metro East)     9.1% 10.0%

     Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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