Evanston’s unemployment rate rose last month to 7.6 percent from 7.2 percent in August. The rate was 4.9 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate had peaked at 8.2 percent in June.

The number of people with jobs in Evanston last month declined to 38,187 from 38,628 in August, while the number of people looking for work rose from 2,984 to 3,124.


Evanston’s unemployment rate rose last month to 7.6 percent from 7.2 percent in August. The rate was 4.9 percent a year ago.

The jobless rate had peaked at 8.2 percent in June.

The number of people with jobs in Evanston last month declined to 38,187 from 38,628 in August, while the number of people looking for work rose from 2,984 to 3,124.

The figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that Evanston’s employment picture continues to be better than in most of the rest of the state.

In June, 16 of the state’s nearly 100 communities with over 25,000 residents had jobless rates lower than Evanston. In July that number declined to six, and in August and September it was seven.

The communities with lower rates than Evanston in September were Carbondale at 6.3 percent, Glen Ellyn at 7.4 percent, Glenview at 7.0 percent, Highland Park at 6.8 percent, Normal at 6.9 percent, Northbrook at 6.7 percent and Wilmette at 6.3 percent.

Among other metro-area communities, the jobless rate in Elmhurst, Park Ridge and Wheaton was 7.2 percent, tied with Evanston, 7.9 percent in Arlington Heights, 8.5 percent in Skokie, 10.3 percent in Des Plaines, 11.3 percent in the City of Chicago and 12.4 percent in Waukegan. Most of those numbers were up a fraction of a percentage point from August..

Statewide the unemployment rate was 10.2 percent last month, up from 9.9 percent in August. The rate for the Chicago metro area rose to 10,1 percent from 9.6 percent in August.

The state, metro and individual community jobless figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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