The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment dropped last month in eight of the state's metro areas.
The city of Decatur showed a drop from last month, but Decatur's 12 percent unemployment rate was the state's highest and up from 11.4 percent in August 2012.
The over-the-year increase continues to reflect losses in the Manufacturing sector. Total non-farm jobs in the Decatur metro area declined (-1,800) compared to one year ago.
Here is a break down of the unemployment numbers from August 2012 compared to August 2013:
Metropolitan Area August 2013 August 2012
Bloomington-Normal 7.2 7.3
Champaign-Urbana 8.3 8.9
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 9.2 8.9
Danville 11.3 10.6
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.5 7.0
Decatur 12.0 11.4
Kankakee-Bradley 10.4 11.2
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 7.8 8.6
Peoria 8.7 8.0
Rockford 10.7 11.6
Springfield 7.0 7.8
St. Louis (IL-Section) 8.5 9.3
Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security
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