Unemployment Up From October

(SPRINGFIELD, IL) — Unemployment increased in most of Illinois’ metro areas in November and most areas lost jobs over the past year. The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday in its monthly metro-area report that the jobless rate increased in 12 metro areas last month, stayed the same in one and dropped in one. The lowest rate was 5.2 percent in Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. The highest was 7.7 percent in Danville. The agency also said the number of jobs fell in eight areas since November 2014. Carbondale-Marion in southern Illinois had the largest percentage drop, 1.8 percent. That’s 1,000 jobs. Greater Chicago’s job base grew by 46,900, or 1.3 percent. Statewide unemployment was 5.7 percent in November. In Jefferson County, the November unemployment rate was at 7.4% up from 6.8% a year ago and up .8% from October 2015. Marion County was at 7.7% up from 7.2% in October 2015 and up from 6.9% in November 2014. Other counties showings for November were Clinton County at 5%, which is up .8% from October, Hamilton County up from 4.9% to 5.7%, Wayne County up from 6.4% to 7.1%, and Washington County up from 3.8% to 4.3%.