Unemployment rate improves in some parts of Illinois

August 25, 2011

By Associated Press

Thousands of unemployed wait in lines for buses to a job fair.

July unemployment rates dropped from a year earlier in all but one of Illinois' 12 metro areas.

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island area had the lowest unemployment rate at 7.1 percent. The highest was 12.1 percent in Rockford.

Unemployment in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area was unchanged at 10.5 percent.

The department said last week that the statewide unemployment rate increased to 9.5 percent in July. That was the third consecutive monthly increase and was attributed to the volatile national economy.

The statewide rate is seasonally adjusted to account for regularly occurring changes and is measured against the previous month. Metro data isn't seasonally adjusted so it's compared to year-earlier figures.

The national unemployment rate was 9.1 percent in July.