Unemployment in the Rockford metro area, which includes Winnebago and Boone counties, has fallen by one point to 9.9 percent.
The not seasonally adjusted data from the Illinois Department of Employment Security compares April 2012 to April 2013. Rockford had the second largest drop in rates, coming second to the Metro East area which dropped 1.2 points. Rockford also saw a 1.1 percent increase in jobs.
"For the first time since last December, the over-the-year monthly unemployment rates decreased in a majority of our metro areas in Illinois," IDES Director Jay Rowell said. "While this is hopefully an indicator of an improving labor market, as in past months, it might be a continuation of the uneven national economic recovery."
The April 2013 unemployment rate for Winnebago County was 9.8 percent, down from April 2012's 10.9 percent. In Boone, it was 10.2 percent, down from 11 percent. Ogle and Stephenson counties saw drops as well to 9.4 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively.
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