Unemployment Up in 11 Illinois Metro Areas

State officials said temporary layoffs pushed rates higher

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

    The department said Friday that rates increased in eleven 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 this November compared with 9.4 percent last November. 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.

    Here are the jobless rates from this November and last November, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security:

    Bloomington-Normal 7.0 percent in November 2013 vs. 6.1 percent in November 2012

    Champaign-Urbana 7.9 in November 2013 vs. 7.1 in November 2012

    Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 8.1 in November 2013 vs. 8.3 in November 2012

    Danville 11.7 in November 2013 vs. 9.4 in November 2012

    Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 6.5 in November 2013 vs. 6.3 in November 2012

    Decatur 12.2 in November 2013 vs. 10.1 in November 2012

    Kankakee-Bradley 10.7 in November 2013 vs. 9.9 in November 2012

    Lake (IL)-Kenosha (WI) 8.0 in November 2013 vs. 7.7 in November 2012

    Peoria 8.9 in November 2013 vs. 7.5 in November 2012

    Rockford 11.0 in November 2013 vs. 10.3 in November 2012

    Springfield 7.4 in November 2013 vs. 6.9 in November 2012

    St. Louis (IL) 8.4 in November 2013 vs. 8.3 in November 2012