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Jobless rates fall in most Illinois metro areas in October but many locations lose jobs


CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates dropped in most of the state's metro areas in October.

But the department noted Wednesday in its monthly report on metro unemployment that seven metro areas reported losses in total jobs last month.

The department said the jobless rate fell in 12 locations.

The only increase was in the Peoria area where the unemployment rate jumped to 6.6 percent form 6.2 percent a year earlier. Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. is in the midst of laying off as many as 10,000 employees worldwide.

Unemployment was unchanged at 6.1 percent in the Carbondale-Marion area.

Chicago-area unemployment was down to 5 percent form 6.1 percent a year earlier.

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