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October 21, 2014, 3:01 pm
970 WMAY News

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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