Unemployment in 9 Illinois Metro Areas Decline

CHICAGO (AP) -- The department announced today overall unemployment in Illinois fell to 9.9 percent last month. The rate was not seasonally adjusted.

Nine of the state's 12 metro areas saw declines in unemployment compared to the same month last year. Rates were unchanged in two, and in one, Kankakee-Bradley, saw a slight increase.

The Rockford metro area continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the state at 14.5 percent, down from 16.1 percent in August 2009.

The unemployment in Illinois' largest metropolitan area, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, stood at 9.7 percent, down from 10.1 percent in August 2009.

Nationally, the unemployment was 9.5 percent in August.

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