Illinois' metro unemployment rates fall

Illinois sees drop in metro unemployment rates statewide

Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois is getting some good news when it comes to metro unemployment numbers.

The state's Department of Employment Security on Wednesday reported that the metro unemployment rates fell statewide in October compared to October 2011. The department says the rates are also at their lowest levels for the month since 2008.

State employment officials say the largest drop was in Rockford, which went from 12.6 percent in October 2011 to 10.8 percent last month. Kankakee-Bradley fell from 11.7 percent to 10.2 percent, while Chicago-Joliet-Naperville declined from 9.8 percent to 8.4 percent.

IDES Director Jay Rowell says the October numbers show that Illinois continues to make steady economic progress.

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