Nearly all Illinois metro areas saw their unemployment rates tick up in January compared to one year ago, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.
Of the state's 14 metro areas, unemployment dropped only in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights region, decreasing from 6.9 percent in January 2015 to 6.6 percent in January 2016.
In January, Danville had the highest unemployment rate at 9.1 percent, followed by Decatur and Kankakee, both at 8.7 percent.
Nine metro areas, however, gained jobs in January compared to the same time last year.
According to IDES, the biggest job "increases were seen in: Rockford (+2.5 percent, +3,700), Lake-Kenosha (+2.1 percent, +8,200), and Carbondale-Marion (+1.8, +1,000)."
The January unemployment rate in Illinois was 6.3 percent. At the national level, the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent that month.