Illinois has more jobs than last year; then why are unemployment rates up?

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — For the first time in nearly a two decades, all Illinois metro areas are reporting an increase in people working.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says many unemployment rates are up, but there are more jobs — 78,000 of them, statewide.

Locally, the Rockford metro, which includes Winnebago and Boone Counties, saw a 3,000 job jump in July, 2019.

But, unemployment increased from 5.4 percent to 6.5 percent.

IDES blames a temporary layoff.

Rockford itself went from 6.2 percent to 8.7 percent. Belvidere bumped up from 6.2 percent to 8.7.

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