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THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE ROSE IN MOST ILLINOIS METRO AREAS OVER THE PAST YEAR. 
 
MORE THAN HALF OF ILLINOIS METRO AREAS SAW AN INCREASE IN THE JOBLESS RATE FROM JANUARY OF 2016 TO JANUARY OF 2017. STATE DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT SECURITY SPOKESPERSON BOB GOUGH (goff) SAYS THE REMAINING AREAS SAW SLIGHT DROPS.
 
 
NINE METRO AREAS INCLUDING SPRINGFIELD, DANVILLE, ELGIN AND BLOOMINGTON SAW JOBLESS RATES INCREASE FROM JANUARY 2016 TO JANUARY OF 2017 SAYS GOUGH (goff).
 
 
ROCKFORD SUFFERED THE BIGGEST JUMP…TO MORE THAN 11 PERCENT IN JANUARY, ALTHOUGH GOUGH ATTRIBUTES THAT TO THE SHUT DOWN OF THE FIAT CHRYSLER PLANT. 
 
THE CHICAGO AREA, ELGIN AND NAPERVILLE FARED THE BEST…WITH A POINT SEVEN PERCENT DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT. JUST FIVE OF THE 14 METRO AREAS SAW OVER THE YEAR JOB GROWTH.

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