Report: Rockford's unemployment rate nearly doubles over past year

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford's unemployment rate has nearly doubled over the past year, according to a recent state report​.

The unemployment rate for the Rockford metropolitan area stands at 9.3 percent as of November 2018, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. The region's unemployment rate spiked from 4.8 percent in November 2017, marking the largest jump among Illinois metropolitan areas.

IDES says a temporary layoff contributed to the spike in unemployment for the Rockford area. The organization estimates 16,000 people are unemployed as of last month.

The city of Rockford specifically saw unemployment jump to 11.3 percent from 5.8 percent last year, per the report.

Other Stateline communities have been affected by unemployment spikes as well. Belvidere's unemployment rate jumped to 12.7 percent from 5.4 percent in November 2017.

Freeport's unemployment rate also increased to 6.4 percent from 4.6 percent the year before. Unemployment also increased by at least one percent in Ogle and Stephenson counties.

Only two metropolitan areas in Illinois saw unemployment drops over the past year.