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Nearly all Illinois metro areas see lower unemployment

December 28, 2019 GMT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Nearly all of Illinois’ metropolitan areas saw drops in the unemployment rate in November compared to 2018.

Only the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island metropolitan area had higher unemployment this November when compared to the same month in 2018, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Statewide, the unemployment rate was 3.4% in November, down from the 4% rate a year ago. The national unemployment mark for November was 3.3 %, based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data on individuals who are out of work and seeking a job.

Industries reporting growth in Illinois include mining and construction, education and health services and government.

Illinois’ metropolitan areas that saw the most jobs added in November are Champaign-Urbana, Carbondale-Marion, Decatur and Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights.