According to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security, twelve Illinois metro areas showed a decrease in their over-the-year unemployment rates and eight metro areas had an increase in non-farm jobs.
The change in the Illinois section of the St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area was a drop of seven tenths of one percent.
Rates in local counties are down compared to July 2015.
In Bond County, the unemployment rate fell from 6.4 – 5.7 percent from July 2015 – July 2016, a change of seven tenths of one percent. The Clinton County rate decreased by half of one percent, the Madison County rate by four tenths of one percent, and the St. Clair County unemployment rate fell nine tenths of one percent.