Half of Illinois' 14 metro areas saw their unemployment rates tick up in September compared to one year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
The seven metro areas with over-the-year unemployment increases include Bloomington, Carbondale-Marion, Champaign-Urbana, Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, Danville, Davenport-Moline-Rock Island and Peoria.
In September, Danville had the highest unemployment rate at 7.2 percent, followed by Decatur at 6.7 percent and Rockford at 6.6 percent.
The agency also reports that eight Illinois metro areas saw over-the-year job increases.
According to IDES, the biggest job increases "were seen in: Rockford (+1.7 percent, +2,600), Champaign-Urbana (+1.5 percent, +1,700), Elgin (+1.4 percent, +3,700), and Lake-Kenosha (+1.4 percent, +5,800)."
The September unemployment rate in Illinois was 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 percent one year ago.
"The state is still experiencing not nearly enough growth," IDES Director Jeff Mays said in a news release. "While the unemployment rate is slightly increased from a year ago, it's not nearly enough growth as we continue to lose ground to other parts of the country."