- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - Unemployment increased in most of Illinois’ metro areas in November and most areas lost jobs over the past year.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security said Wednesday in its monthly metro-area report that the jobless rate increased in 12 metro areas last month, stayed the same in one and dropped in one.

The lowest rate was 5.2 percent in Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights. The highest was 7.7 percent in Danville.

The agency also said the number of jobs fell in eight areas since November 2014. Carbondale-Marion in southern Illinois had the largest percentage drop, 1.8 percent. That’s 1,000 jobs.

Greater Chicago’s job base grew by 46,900, or 1.3 percent.

Statewide unemployment was 5.7 percent in November.

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This story has been corrected to show that unemployment rates increased in 12 metro areas.

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