Unemployment rate rises in Illinois again


More people who live in Illinois are without jobs.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the unemployment rate is up in all the state's 12 metropolitan areas. The department says it's the 20th consecutive month unemployment rates have increased in all the metropolitan areas.

The following is a list of the areas from the Illinois Department of Employment Security, followed by the December 2008 unemployment rate and December 2007 rate in parentheses:

--Bloomington-Normal: 5.4 percent (up from 4.2 percent)

--Champaign-Urbana: 6.1 percent (up from 4.8 percent)

--Chicago-Naperville-Joliet: 7.0 percent (up from 4.9 percent)

--Danville: 9.4 percent (up from 7.1 percent)

--Davenport-Moline-Rock Island: 6.1 percent (up from 4.8 percent)

--Decatur: 7.9 percent (up from 6.1 percent)

--Kankakee-Bradley: 10.5 percent (up from 7.6 percent)

--Lake-Kenosha: 8 percent (up from 5.7 percent)

--Peoria: 6.3 percent (up from 5 percent)

--Rockford: 12.5 percent (up from 7.1 percent)

--Springfield: 6.3 percent (up from 4.9 percent)

--St. Louis (Illinois section): 8.3 percent (up from 6 percent)

The national rate is 7.2 percent.

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