State sees drop in unemployment

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in August in thirteen of Illinois’ metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas.

“The unemployment rate continued its downward trend in all metro areas except one where it was unchanged,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “These are some of the lowest unemployment rates we have seen in years.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in ten metro areas, with the largest increases in: 

  • Kankakee (+6.2 percent, +2,900)
  • Champaign-Urbana (+1.6 percent, +1,700)
  • Quad Cities (+1.1 percent, + 2,100)
  • Rockford (+1.1 percent, +1,600)

Illinois businesses lost jobs in three metro areas: 

  • Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500)
  • Springfield (-0.3 percent, -400)
  • Bloomington (-0.2 percent, -200)

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