(KMOX) – The unemployment rate dropped in 12 of Illinois’ 14 metro areas last month, including the metro east.
The metro east added 500 jobs over the past year professional and business services, government, hospitality and other areas saw gains — while manufacturing and financial activities saw losses. The area’s unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent in July 2015 to 5.7 percent this July.
Other parts of Illinois that saw unemployment drop includes Elgin and Rockford County as well as the Chicago metro.
However, State Department of Employment Security spokesman Bob Gough says job growth was confined to certain parts of the state. Illinois still lags behind the nation in new job creation and some areas are stalling worse than others.
“Downstate suffered a bit as the quad cities dropped 4,200 jobs and Carbondale, Marion went down [by] 1,400,” Goff says.
The metro east unemployment rate fell from 6.4 percent last year to 5.7 percent this past July.
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