According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment rates increased in all Illinois Metro areas in February compared to a year ago. The Illinois statewide unemployment rate was at 7.0% in February 2016 compared to 6.5% in February 2015. Locally, the rate in Bond County was 7.2% in February 2016 and 6.4% in 2015. The Clinton County 2016 rate was 6.3% and 5.1% in 2015. The Madison County rate increased from 6.3% in 2015 to 7.2% in 2016 and the rate also increased in St. Clair County from 6.8 – 7.3%.