The unemployment rate in the state's capitol has fallen to its lowest point in four years, according to new numbers from the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security (IDES). Meanwhile, the rate is fluctuating among the state's 12 metro areas.
The unemployment rate in Springfield fell to 6.5 percent in May 2013, compared to 6.7 percent in May 2012. The state capitol's unemployment rate has not been at or below 6.5 percent since May 2009, when it was 6.2 percent.
In eight of the state's 12 metro areas, the unemployment rate was lower in May 2013 than it was in May 2012. Decatur had the highest uemployment rate at 10.3 percent this past May, attributed to the loss of 1,200 manufacturing jobs, compared to 9.7 percent in May 2012.
Chicago, Danville and Peoria joined Decatur to making up the short list of metro areas to see an increase in unemployment between May 2012 and May 2013. The unemployment rate in Chicago 9.3 percent this past May, compared to 8.8 percent last year. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in Danville was 9.7 percent last month, compared to 8.7 percent in May 2012. In Peoria, the unemloyment rate in May 2013 was 7.8 percent, compared to 7.0 percent in the same month of the previous year.
Here is a look at the comparisons between the unemployment rate this past May in relation to May 2012 for the rest of the state's metro areas:
- Champaign-Urbana, 6.9; 7.2
- Quad-Cities, 6.3; 6.8
- Kankakee-Bradley, 9.7; 10.2
- Lake County, 7.4; 7.8
- Rockford, 9.9; 10.7
- Metro East St. Louis, 7.5; 8.5
The state's unemployment rate fell to 9.1 percent in May from 9.3 percent in April, according to IDES figures.