- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - The state Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate rose in every Illinois metro area in March. It was the second straight month of across-the-board increases.

The department said Thursday that those increases are due to the same factor that it earlier said drove up the March statewide jobless rate to 6.5 percent: more people entering the workforce.

The Danville area had the highest unemployment rate last month at 8.4 percent. That was up from 6.8 percent a year earlier. Unemployment was up a percentage point to 7.9 percent in March in Decatur.

The lowest jobless rate last month was 5.8 percent in Champaign-Urbana. That was a point higher than March 2015.

Unemployment in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights area was 6.6 percent in March. That was up from 6 percent.


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