Evanston’s jobless rate declined in April to 5.1 percent. That’s down from 5.2 percent in March, but up from 4.8 percent in April 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 38,260 from 38,173 in March, while the number of people looking for work declined from 2,077 to 2,039.

The city’s total labor force — the number of people employed or actively looking for work — has increased by 959 people over the past year. With more people entering the work force, the number of people looking for work has increased by 155, but the number of people with jobs has grown by 804.

The jobless rate for the Chicago metro area fell  to 6.2 percent last month from 6.7 percent in March, but was up from 5.6 percent a year ago.

The statewide jobless rate stood at 6.2 percent in April, down from 6.8 percent in March but up from 5.4 percent a year ago.

Twenty-one of the 107 Illinois communities with more than 25,000 residents had jobless rates lower than Evanston’s last month.

They included Highland Park at 4.3 percent, Wilmette at 4.7 percent and Mount Prospect at 4.8 percent.

The worst jobless levels in Illinois last month were 12.1 percent in Harvey, 10.8 percent in East St. Louis and 10.2 percent in Kankakee.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. How much from Evanston business vrs. Chicago and other ?

    Is Evanston producing the jobs or is it coming from other towns ?

    If they work elsewhere, they buy their lunch there, may shop there.

    Yes the income is counted as in the hands of Evanston residents—but where are they spending ?

    1. Employment data …

      The state jobless data is based on the residence of the worker — not on the place of employment. So the questions you ask can't be answered from that data set.

      And jobs located in Evanston aren't all held by people who live here. So the creation of more jobs in Evanston wouldn't necessarily mean creation of more jobs held by Evanston residents.

      Besides, even if somebody has to commute beyond the eight square miles of Evanston to work, at least their paycheck will help them pay their property tax bill here.

      — Bill

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