Unemployment rates rise in every Illinois metro area
The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate rose in every Illinois metro area in March. It was the second straight month of across-the-board increases.
The department said Thursday that those increases are due to the same factor that it earlier said drove up the March statewide jobless rate to 6.5 percent: more people entering the workforce.
The Danville area had the highest unemployment rate last month at 8.4 percent. That was up from 6.8 percent a year earlier. Unemployment was up a percentage point to 7.9 percent in March in Decatur.
The lowest jobless rate last month was 5.8 percent in Champaign-Urbana. That was a point higher than March 2015.
Unemployment in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights area was 6.6 percent in March. That was up from 6 percent.
Here’s a look at unemployment by metro area in Illinois in March:
|Metropolitan Area||March 2016||March 2015||Over-the-Year Change|
|Davenport, Iowa–Moline-Rock Island, Illinois||6.5%||5.7%||0.8|
|Lake, Illinois-Kenosha, Wisconsin||6.5%||5.8%||0.7|
|St. Louis Metro East||6.8%||5.9%||0.9|