Eight of the 12 metropolitan areas in the state had lower unemployment rates in February compared to the same time in 2013, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced Thursday.
The jobless rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metro area stood at 9 percent last month, down from 9.8 percent in February 2013. Lake-Kenosha's unemployment rate dropped to 9.5 percent last month from 10.1 percent in February 2013. Rockford's jobless rate was 12.1 percent in February 2014, down from 12.9 percent in February 2013.
The Bloomington-Normal metro area had the lowest February jobless rate at 8 percent, though that's up from 7.7 percent in February 2013. Bloomington-Normal also lost 1,900 jobs last month, which represents the largest job decrease for the 12 metro areas.
Danville had the highest unemployment rate, which stood at 12.8 percent last month. That's up from 11.9 percent in February 2013.
Businesses last month added jobs in just four of Illinois' metro areas including Champaign-Urbana, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Lake-Kenosha and Springfield. Lake-Kenosha had the largest job increase, adding 10,300 positions last month.
Illinois' nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.4 percent last month. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.0 percent in February.
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