The Rockford metro area, which includes Winnebago and Boone counties, saw the largest drop in unemployment in Illinois for August 2013.
According to not seasonally adjusted data, the area's rate went down 0.9 percent to 10.7 percent when compared to August 2012.
"Schools returning from summer break helped push down unemployment rates across the state, but not enough in some areas to make up for temporary weaknesses in the global manufacturing market," Illinois Department of Employment Security Director Jay Rowell said. "A federal government shutdown could derail the progress that we have made while undermining consumer confidence and threatening job growth."
Unemployment dropped in eight of the state's 12 metro areas and the August rate for all of Illinois was 9.0 percent. The national rate was 7.3 percent.
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