Every metropolitan area in Illinois saw its unemployment rate drop in November compared with the same month last year, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
It’s the sixth consecutive month unemployment fell in all 14 metro areas. Ten metro areas also reported job gains, which IDES Director Jeff Mays said is encouraging.
“More than 30,000 of those jobs were created in the Chicago … area, so we need continued stronger growth statewide,” Mays said in a news release.
Unemployment in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights metro area, which fell to 4.8 percent in November from 5.3 percent the prior year, is the lowest it’s been in roughly a decade, the IDES said.
Other areas in the state had even larger unemployment declines than Chicago, led by Peoria, where the unemployment rate dropped 1.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent.
Year-over-year job growth was faster in the Kankakee and Lake County-Kenosha County metro areas, which saw 2.6 percent and 2.4 percent growth, respectively. The Quad Cities also saw high growth.
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Four metro areas experienced job losses, led by the Danville metro area, which had 500 fewer jobs compared with November last year, a 1.7 percent decline.
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