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Illinois Metro Areas See Unemployment Rates Fall

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Unemployment dropped in most of Illinois' metro areas in November but most areas also lost jobs over the past year.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday in its monthly metro-area report that the jobless rate dropped in 12 metro areas last month, stayed the same in one and dropped in one.

The lowest rate was 5.2 percent in Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. The highest was 7.7 percent in Danville.

The agency also said the number of jobs fell in eight areas since November 2014. Carbondale-Marion in southern Illinois had the largest percentage drop, 1.8 percent. That's 1,000 jobs.

Greater Chicago was among the six areas adding jobs. The job base there grew by 46,900, 1.3 percent.

The department said earlier this month that statewide unemployment was 5.7 percent in November.

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