Springfield’s unemployment rate has dropped dramatically.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security released the not seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers for April. The state’s rate of 8.7 percent was higher than the national average of 7.1 percent.
This was despite the fact that unemployment rates in 9 of Illinois’ 12 metro areas fell compared to April of last year. Springfield was one of those that saw an improvement, going from 6.8 percent in April 2012 to 6.4 percent last month.
Decatur recorded one of the largest increases in the state, at 10.3 percent last month compared to 9.5 percent in April 2012. Decatur lost a total of 2900 non-farm jobs, which includes the loss of 1200 manufacturing jobs.