Digital Access

Digital Access
Access from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.

Most Illinois metro areas add jobs in November

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.

– Tribune News Service

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.


©2017 the Chicago Tribune

Visit the Chicago Tribune at

Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

Loading more