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Evanston jobless rate continues to decline

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Evanston's jobless rate continued to decline last month, falling to 5.3 percent — the lowest level in more than three years.

The jobless rate here is now down 2.4 percentage points from a year ago and down 0.4 percentage points from July.

Figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment security show that of the just over 100 other commuities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 31 had lower jobless rates than Evanston. In July only 21 Illinois towns had lower jobless rates than Evanston.

The lowest rate in the state — 4.4 percent — was found in Glenview, Palatine and Wheeling. Wilmette was at 4.5 percent, Oak Park at 4.7 percent and Skokie at 5.2 percent.

The worst jobless rates in the state last month were East St. Louis at 14.1 percent and Danville at 11.8 percent. In the Chicago metro area the highest rates were inNorth Chicago, at 10.3 percent and Dolton at 10.2 percent.

The statewide jobless rate was 6.7 percent, down from 7.0 percent in July and 9.1 percent a year ago. The the Chicago metro rate was 6.3 percent, down from 6.8 percent in July and 9.0 percent a year ago.

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