The June unemployment rate saw a significant increase in only one of Illinois' 12 metro areas as Decatur's rate increased from 10.5 percent in 2011 to 11 percent last month.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that the state's other metro areas essentially remained the same or saw decreases. The largest decline was in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area where the June unemployment rate dropped 1.5 percentage points to 9.4 percent.
The Kankakee-Bradley area dropped 0.9 percentage point to 11.2 percent, and Rockford also was down 0.9 of a point to 11.5 percent.
Employment Security Director Jay Rowell says manufacturing and other private-sector job growth are pushing the Illinois economy to "an uneven recovery." But he calls the steady progress in the state "encouraging."