Nov. unemployment numbers show fewer jobs


DECATUR -- New unemployment numbers out Friday afternoon show more people are looking for work.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security released these unemployment numbers:

November October
Decatur 12.2% 11.7%
Springfield 7.4% 7.1%
Champaign-Urbana 7.9% 7.7%






The Champaign-Urbana metro area saw one of the largest increases in job numbers over November 2012, adding 1,000 jobs in the past year. But Decatur saw one of the largest decreases in the past 12 months, down 3% or 1,600 jobs since November 2012.

IDES says many of these decreases are connected to a temporary slowdown in global manufacturing demand.

The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work. It is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

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