Unemployment Climbs For Decatur, Other Metro Areas

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DECATUR----The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rose in January in all but one of the state's metro areas. Decatur is one area where unemployment climbed.

Decatur saw a jump to 8.7%. That is up from 7.8% in January 2015.

The sharpest hikes were in the Peoria and Danville areas. Peoria is home to Caterpillar. The heavy equipment maker announced plans last year to lay off thousands of employees around the world.

Here is how the percentages break down from city to city in Illinois:

Metropolitan Area                           January 2016 January 2015 Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington                                         6.5%         5.3%                 1.2%
Carbondale-Marion                                7.7%         6.5%                 1.2%
Champaign-Urbana                                6.7%         5.7%                 1.0%
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights       6.6%         6.9%                -0.3%
Danville                                                 9.1%        7.7%                 1.4%
Davenport, Iowa-Moline-Rock Island, Illinois 7.1%         6.5%                 0.6%
Decatur                                                 8.7%         7.8%                 0.9%
Elgin                                                     7.5%         6.7%                 0.8%
Kankakee                                              8.7%         7.9%                 0.8%
Lake, Illinois-Kenosha, Wisconsin           7.0%         6.4%                 0.6%
Peoria                                                   8.6%         7.2%                 1.4%
Rockford                                               8.5%         7.7%                 0.8%
Springfield                                             6.6%         5.9%                 0.7%
St. Louis Metro East                              7.4%         6.8%                 0.6%

   Source: Illinois Department of Employment Security

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