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Unemployment Up in All Illinois Metro Areas

Unemployment has risen in all 12 Illinois metropolitan areas.

Figures released by the state Thursday show the highest jobless rate in June was 14 percent, in the Rockford metro area. That's up from 13.4 percent in May and more than 5 percentage points higher than last June.

Local jobless figures were released one week after the Illinois Department of Employment Security announced the statewide unemployment rate hit a 26-year high 10.3 percent.

Besides Rockford, other metro areas with unemployment rates above 10 percent in June were Chicago-Naperville-Joliet at 11.3 percent, Danville at 10.9 percent, Decatur at 11.3 percent and the Kankakee-Bradley at 11.1 percent.

Here's a look at rates for June and May:<

Metro area June Rate MayRate

Bloomington-Normal: 6.7 6.0

Champaign-Urbana: 7.8 6.7

Chicago-Naperville-Joliet: 11.3 10.7

Danville: 10.9 10.1

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 7.6 6.9

Decatur: 11.3 10.0

Kankakee-Bradley: 11.1 10.6

Lake-Kenosha: 9.2 8.7

Peoria: 9.6 8.9

Rockford: 14.0 13.4

Springfield: 6.9 6.3

St. Louis (Ill. area): 9.0 8.2

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Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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