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|
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