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Most Illinois metro areas see jobless rates drop

CHICAGO (AP) -- Unemployment declined in all but four of Illinois' metro areas in June.

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the only areas with higher jobless rates were the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Danville, Decatur and Peoria metro areas.

Unemployment increased from 9.6 percent in June 2012 to 10.3 percent in the Chicago area.

The highest rate was 12.5 percent in Decatur. That was up from 10.9 percent a year earlier. The town has seen a number of layoffs by Caterpillar Inc. at a local plant that makes mining trucks.

The Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metro area had the lowest unemployment rate in June at 6.8 percent.

The department said earlier this month that statewide unemployment was 9.2 percent in June.