Rockford Unemployment Decreased in May

CHICAGO (AP) -- Unemployment decreased in May in eight of Illinois' 12 metro areas but rose in Chicago.

Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said Thursday that falling unemployment rates in areas such as Bloomington-Normal and Rockford follow improvements in the national economy. The Rockford metro unemployment fell to 9.9 percent from 10.7 percent a year earlier. Joblessness in Bloomington-Normal dipped to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent.

But in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area's jobless rate reached 9.3 percent in May after hitting 8.8 percent a year earlier.

And unemployment in Decatur hit 10.3 percent in May. That's up from 9.7 percent a year earlier. Caterpillar Inc. is a major local employer and has been laying off workers in the city.

The department said last week that statewide unemployment was down to 9.1 percent.


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