The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported Thursday that jobs were added in eight of the 14 regions with the largest increases in Kankakee, Rockford and Danville. Areas that saw a drop in the number of jobs include Decatur, Carbondale and Bloomington.
Illinois' not seasonally adjusted rate in March was 6.3%. The peak was 12.2% in January 2010. Nationally the rate was 5.6% in March with a 10.6% peak in 2010.
Areas that saw growth included retail trade, transportation and warehousing and public utilities.
The unemployment rate measures those who are out of a job and looking for work. It isn't tied to collecting unemployment benefits.