Unemployment Rates Fall In Most Illinois Metro Areas In September

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The unemployment rate continues to fall slowly in most Illinois metro areas.

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The unemployment rate fell last month in all Illinois metro areas year-over-year, but job growth was mixed.

Champaign-Urbana’s unemployment rate for September was 3.8%, down from 4.8% in September 2016, but the metro area lost 500 jobs in that time period.

The number of jobs also fell slightly in Danville and Decatur, down 300 and 100 respectively.  Danville’s unemployment rate for September was 5.9%, down from 7.1% one year ago, while Decatur’s unemployment rate of 5.1% was down from 6.5% last year.

The statewide unemployment rate for September was 4.6%, one full percentage point lower than last year, while the state added 12,300 jobs in that timeframe.

The Illinois unemployment rate remains higher than the national rate of 4.2%. The jobless rate has fallen in most metro areas in 2017, but job growth has been uneven.


Story source: WILL