Unemployment up in 11 Illinois metro areas

2013-12-28T00:00:00Z Unemployment up in 11 Illinois metro areasThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | The state Department of Employment Security said local unemployment rose in nearly all of the state's metro areas in November.

The department said Friday that rates increased in 11 metro areas, falling in only the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metro to 8.1 percent. State officials said temporary layoffs pushed rates higher.

Danville's metro area was particularly hard-hit with unemployment rising to 11.7 percent in November compared with 9.4 percent in November 2012. Decatur saw unemployment rise from 10.1 percent last November to 12.2 percent this year.

The department says Illinois businesses did add 60,000 jobs in seven metro areas, most in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area. The Peoria area lost about 3,100 jobs.

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