Although the Rockford metro area saw its unemployment rate drop year-over-year for the fifth month in a row in September, it still remained one of the highest in the nation, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today.
Rockford’s 14.8 percent unemployment was the highest in the Midwest by a fair margin. Flint, Mich., had the 22nd highest rate, but it was still more than a full percentage point lower than Rockford.
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Still, Rockford was part of a growing national trend of unemployment rate improvement. In September, 212 of the country’s 372 metro areas had a lower rate than they did in September 2009.