CHICAGO (AP) -- The Illinois Department of Employment Security says unemployment rates have fallen in 11 of the state's 12 metro areas.
But the department says the Chicago area saw a slight bump in its jobless rate. It rose to 10.4 percent in August compared to 9.7 percent in August 2010.
The largest declines occurred in the northern Illinois city of Rockford and in Danville in east-central Illinois.
Rockford saw its jobless figure drop by 1.6 percentage points to 13.1 percent. That remains the highest metro-area rate in Illinois.
Danville's rate fell by 1.5 percentage points to 10.5 percent.
IDES Director Jay Rowell says the figures released Thursday show that "local communities continue to fight against the lingering headwinds of the national recession."
Metropolitan Area August 2011 August 2010
Bloomington-Normal 7.4 percent 7.9 percent
Champaign-Urbana 8.9 percent 9.6 percent
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 10.4 percent 9.7 percent
Danville 10.5 percent 12.0 percent
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island 7.3 percent 7.8 percent
Decatur 10.7 percent 11.7 percent
Kankakee-Bradley 11.5 percent 12.8 percent
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 9.1 percent 10.1 percent
Peoria 8.4 percent 9.9 percent
Rockford 13.1 percent 14.7 percent
Springfield 7.5 percent 7.8 percent
East St. Louis area 9.5 percent 10.0 percent
Source: Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity