According to John Klingner of the Illinois Policy Institute, all 10 Illinois metropolitan areas continue to have unemployment rates above the national average of 6.3 percent, with the Danville, Decatur and Rockford areas struggling with unemployment rates above 10 percent.
Klingner notes that while the government argues that national employment has reached its pre-recession levels, Illinois still lags behind. In fact, every Illinois metro area has at least 1,000 fewer individuals employed today than it did a decade ago.
"The slow employment recovery is especially troubling when considering that the state’s working-age population has been growing," writes Klingner. "Employment opportunities haven’t even recovered from the recession, let alone kept up with population growth."