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Rockford Unemployment Jump Highest in U.S.

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Unemployment in the Rockford region jumped more than in any other U.S. metro area over the past year. A report from the U.S. Department of Labor shows the unemployment rate in Rockford almost doubled since October 2006. Eight-point-one percent of workers there are listed as unemployed. Rockford College economics professor Bob Evans says the city’s been heavily dependent on factory jobs for decades.

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