Unemployment rates drop in all Ill. metro areas

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CHICAGO (AP) _ The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment fell in all of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in May. It was the second straight month of across-the-board declines.

Department Director Jay Rowell said Thursday that the numbers reflect growing consumer confidence and discretionary spending.

The improvement in metro unemployment rates mirrors recent drops in the state’s unemployment rate. The department said earlier this month that the jobless rate fell to 7.5 percent.

The biggest drop in May was in the Rockford area where unemployment fell from 10.3 percent a year earlier to 8.9 percent. The jobless rate also fell sharply in the Decatur area from 10.4 percent to 9.1 percent.

The lowest unemployment among Illinois’ metro areas was found in Springfield and Bloomington-Normal. Unemployment was at 6 percent in both.

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  • Mascoutan

    Less people living in the state = lower unemployment. People are leaving Illinois in DROVES to find a better life and standard of living in other states, where taxes are much lower and jobs and pay are much better. Illinois, California and New York racing to the bottom of the toilet bowl, with the Democrats ruining the states…

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