SPRINGFIELD - Belvidere had the highest unemployment rate among Illinois' largest cities in July at 8.7%.
That rate was up dramatically from June when Belvidere's unemployment rate was 6.2%, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Belvidere's jobless rate in July of 2018 also was 6.2%.
Rockford also saw a big jump in its monthly unemployment rate which rose from 6.4% in June to 8.1% in July. Rockford's jobless rate was 6.6% in July of 2018.
Nearby Freeport had an unemployment rate of 5.5% in July, up from 5% in June, but down from 6.2% in July of 2018.
Downers Grove and Wheeling tied for the lowest rate in the state among Illinois' 106 largest communities, with a rate of 3% in July.
Winnebago County had an unemployment rate of 6.5% in July, up from 5.3% in June.
Boone County had an unemployment rate of 6.8% in July, up from 5.2% in June.
Ogle County had an unemployment rate of 4.7% in July, up from 4.2% in June.
Stephenson County had an unemployment rate of 4.3% in July, up from 3.9% in June.
McDonough County had the highest unemployment rate out of Illinois' 102 counties at 8.1% in July.
Brown and Washington counties tied for the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7% in July.
The statewide unemployment rate was 4.2% in July, down from 4.3% in June but the same as the 4.2% rate recorded in July of 2018.
The national unemployment rate was 3.7% in July, unchanged from June, but down slightly from 3.9% in July of 2018.