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Springfield Unemployment Numbers Down, Decatur's Up Over 10 Percent


Unemployment is down again in Springfield.

 

The local jobless rate fell to 6.5% in May, compared to 6.8% a year ago.

 

Springfield has the third lowest unemployment rate among major Illinois metropolitan areas, with only Bloomington-Normal and the Quad Cities doing better.

 

In contrast, Decatur has the highest unemployment rate in the state.

 

Recent layoffs at a Caterpillar plant there caused the jobless rate to shoot up past 10%.

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