Unemployment rates rise in most Illinois metro areas

Mar 17, 2016

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rose in January in all but one of the state's metro areas.  The statewide unemployment rate went up to 6.3%.

According to the monthly report, the sharpest increases were in the Peoria and Danville areas. Unemployment in Peoria rose from 7.2% in January 2015 to 8.6% this January.   Caterpillar Inc. in Peoria announced plans last year to lay off thousands of employees around the world.

Danville had the state's highest jobless rate at 9.1%.

The Chicago area had the state's only unemployment decrease.  The jobless rate in the state's largest metro area dropped from 6.9% to 6.6%.