Unemploment

The unemployment rate was down in all of Illinois’ 14 metro areas last month.

Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Rebecca Cisco says significant improvements were seen comparing October of this year to October of 2018...with the Chicago and East St. Louis areas both hitting record lows.

Unemployment rates were down across southern Illinois in May when compared to May 2018.

Statistics from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the largest decline of 2.7 percent occurred in Pulaski County, where the jobless rate fell from eight percent in 2018 to 5.3 percent last month.

Jobs were up in eight of the state's 14 metro areas last month.

While the unemployment rate rose slightly in 12 metro areas compared to year ago levels... Illinois Department of Employment Security spokesperson Sam Salustro says jobs were added in places like the Carbondale-Marion area.

Much of the anger and anxiety in the 2016 election is fueled by the sense that economic opportunity is slipping away for many Americans. This week, as part of NPR's collaborative project with member stations, A Nation Engaged, we're asking the question: What can be done to create economic opportunity for more Americans?