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Unemployment rates rise in every Illinois metro area

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CHICAGO (AP) -

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
Bloomington 6.0% 4.6% 1.4
Carbondale-Marion 7.0% 5.8% 1.2
Champaign-Urbana 5.8% 4.8% 1.0
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 6.6% 6.0% 0.6
Danville 8.4% 6.8% 1.6
Davenport, Iowa--Moline-Rock Island, Illinois 6.5% 5.7% 0.8
Decatur 7.9% 6.9% 1.0
Elgin 6.8% 6.0% 0.8
Kankakee 7.7% 6.9% 0.8
Lake, Illinois-Kenosha, Wisconsin 6.5% 5.8% 0.7
Peoria 7.7% 6.2% 1.5
Rockford 7.7% 6.8% 0.9
Springfield 6.0% 5.2% 0.8
St. Louis Metro East 6.8% 5.9% 0.9 

          

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