Jobless rates fall in all 12 Illinois metro areas; fourth straight month of declines

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CHICAGO — Unemployment fell in all 12 Illinois metro areas in July. It was the fourth straight month of falling jobless rates across the state's metro areas.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday in its monthly report on metro unemployment that jobless rates also dropped in all 102 of the state's counties for a second straight month.

Department Director Jay Rowell said the report reflects a growing state economy.

Earlier this month the department said statewide unemployment fell to 6.8 percent. It was the fifth consecutive month of improvement.

Across the state, the Decatur area saw its unemployment rate fall from 13 percent in July 2013 to 9.5 percent last month. Chicago-area unemployment fell from 9.6 percent to 6.8 percent.

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