- Associated Press - Thursday, March 27, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the jobless rate dropped in eight of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in February compared with February 2013.

Metropolitan Area February 2014 February 2013
Bloomington-Normal 8.0 7.7
Champaign-Urbana 8.7 8.8
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 9.0 9.8
Danville 12.8 11.9
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 7.9 7.9
Decatur 12.7 12.8
Kankakee-Bradley 12.1 12.8
Lake-Kenosha 9.5 10.1
Peoria 10.1 10.0
Rockford 12.1 12.9
Springfield 8.6 8.9
St. Louis (Illinois’ Metro East) 9.2 9.5

Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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