The unemployment rate in Evanston continued to decline in September, falling to 5.1 percent from 5.3 percent the previous month.
It’s now been below the 6 percent level for six months and is at its lowest rate in well over three years.
Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that of the just over 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 27 had jobless rates lower than Evanston last month. That’s down from 31 with better rates in August.
The lowest rate in the state — 4.3 percent — was found in Glenview and Elmhurst. Northbrook and Palatine were at 4.4 percent and five towns — Arlington Heights, Downers Grove, Melrose, Wheeling and Wilmette — were at 4.5 percent.
The worst jobless rates in the state last month were East St. Louis at 12.4 percent, Harvey at 10.8 percent and Dolton and Kankakee, both at 10.1 percent.
The statewide jobless rate was 6.2 percent in September, down from 6.7 percent in August and 8.6 percent a year ago. The Chicago metro rate was 6.1 percent, down from 6.3 percent in August and 8.4 percent a year ago.