November 03, 2014
In September 2014, Illinois had 5 of the 10 metropolitan areas with the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decreases. Decatur, Illinois, had the largest decrease among all metropolitan areas (4.3 percentage points).
Among the 49 metropolitan areas with a Census 2000 population of 1 million or more, Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin, had the second-largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease (2.3 percentage points) in August 2014. The smaller Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metropolitan division had the largest over-the-year unemployment rate decrease (2.5 percentage points) among all 34 metropolitan divisions.
In August 2014, Danville and Rockford had the highest unemployment rate (8.2 percent) among Illinois metropolitan areas, followed by Decatur (7.9 percent), and Kankakee-Bradley (7.7 percent). Bloomington-Normal had the lowest unemployment rate (5.6 percentage points).
These metropolitan area data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see “Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment — September 2014” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑14‑2006.