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Evanston jobless rate continues to decline

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Evanston's jobless rate fell in May to 4.7 percent, down from a revised 5.0 percent in April and also down from 5.0 percent in May a year ago.

Figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that the number of Evanstonians with jobs increased last month, to 38,398 from a revised 38,256 in April, while the number of people looking for work declined tp 1.878 from a revised 2,033 in April.

The city's total labor force — the number of people employed or ativly looking for work shrank by 13 people last month, but is still up by 644 from a year ago.

The jobless rate for the Chicago metro area fell to 5.4 percent last month from a revised 6.2 percent for April. It was 5.8 percent in May a year ago.

The statewide jobless rate in May stood at 5.6 percent, down from a revised 6.2 percent for April and from 5.7 percent a year ago.

Thirty-three of the 107 Illinois communities with more than 25,000 residents had jobless rates lower than Evanston's last month — that's up from 21 in April.

They included Downers Grove at 4.0 percent, Wilmette at 4.2 percent, Northbrook at 4.3 percent, Arlington Heights at 4.4 percent, Elmhurst at 4.5 percent and Oak Park at 4.6 percent.

The worst jobless levels in Illinois last month were in Harvey at 10.8 percent, East St. Louis at 10.6 percent and Dolton at 9.3 percent.

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