- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - Unemployment dropped in August in every Illinois metro area, the 18th straight month of statewide decreases. A look at those rates:

Metropolitan Area Aug. 2015 Aug. 2014 Change

Bloomington 4.5% 5.7% -1.2

Carbondale-Marion 5.7% 7.1% -1.4

Champaign-Urbana 4.9% 6.5% -1.6



Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights 5.7% 6.9% -1.2

Danville 6.7% 8.5% -1.8

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 5.1% 5.9% -0.8

Decatur 6.8% 8.4% -1.6

Elgin 5.1% 6.6% -1.5

Kankakee 6.1% 7.8% -1.7

Lake-Kenosha 4.7% 6.1% -1.4

Peoria 6.0% 7.0% -1.0

Rockford 6.4% 8.0% -1.6

Springfield 4.7% 5.9% -1.2

St. Louis (Ill. section) 5.6% 7.1% -1.5

Illinois Statewide 5.6% 6.9% -1.3

Source: Illinois Department Of Employment Security

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