CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rose in February in all of the state’s metropolitan areas.
IDES Director Jeff Mays said Thursday the increase in the unemployment rate in most metropolitan areas is partially due to more people looking for work.
According to Mays, Illinois’ overall job growth rate remains among the slowest in the country.
The Decatur metro area had the highest unemployment rate with 8.4 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point over the same period last year. The Urbana-Champaign metro area had the lowest rate of unemployment at 6.2 percent, a .8 percentage point increase from last year.
Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metro areas, with Lake-Kenosha showing a 2.3 percent increase, Rockford showing a 2.1 percent increase and Champaign a 1.9 percent increase.
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