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Chicago unemployment rate rises to 9.8 percent

Updated: January 24, 2012 8:19AM

The unemployment rate in the Chicago metro area rose nearly 1 percentage point to 9.8 percent in November — up from 8.9 percent a year ago and 9.7 percent in October, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.

The metro area has added 25,600 since November 2010.

The unemployment rate dropped in nine of Illinois’ 12 metro areas in November compared to a year earlier. The monthly local rate is not seasonally adjusted.

The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that the lowest unemployment rates were 6.8 percent in Bloomington Normal and 7.3 percent in both Springfield and the Davenport-Moline-Rock Island area. The highest rate was 11.9 percent in Rockford.

But the Rockford area also had the biggest decrease at 1.4 percent.

The department said last week that statewide unemployment dropped slightly in November to 10 percent. National unemployment was 8.6 percent for the month.

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