Report: Jobs up, but so is unemployment in Rockford area over past year

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Published: Aug. 22, 2019 at 2:09 PM CDT
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The Rockford area has created more jobs over the past year, but unemployment also climbed in the region, according to a state report.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released information on both trends in its latest jobs


From July 2018 to July 2019, the Rockford area created 3,000 jobs. Unemployment also jumped from 5.4% to 6.5% in the region over the same timeframe.

These were the reported unemployment trends by stateline counties since July 2018:

Winnebago: 6.5% (Up 1.1%)

Boone: 6.8% (Up 1.5%)

Lee: 3.9% (Down 0.3%)

Ogle: 4.7% (No change)

Stephenson: 4.3% (Down 0.5%)

IDES also reports jobs are up in all Illinois metro areas for the first time in 19 years. Rockford was the only metro area in which unemployment also increased over the past year, according to the report.

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