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Evanston’s jobless rate edged up in May to 5.1 percent from 5.0 percent the previous month. But the rate was still down substantially, from 6.0 percent a year ago.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security also showed a slight increase last month in the jobless rate for the Chicago metro area, now at 5.8 percent, and the state as a whole, now at 5.6 percent.

Evanston’s ranking among the just over 100 towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents remained unchanged last month — with 41 towns having lower jobless rates.

The lowest jobless rate in the state last month was 3.5 percent in Highland Park, while Wilmette was at 4.6 percent, Glenview at 4.7 percent and Skokie was tied with Evanston at 5.1 percent.

The highest jobless rates in the state last month were in Harvey, at 11.5 percent, and Dolton at 10.5 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Bill, Could this be because

    Bill, Could this be because Evanston;s population declined in 2014?

    1. Hi Skip,

      Hi Skip,

      Population estimate for 2014 for Evanston is not yet available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

      2013 estimate showed an increase in population of more than 1,000 people — to 75,570 from the 74,486 reported in 2010.

      Jobless rate certainly can be influenced by population changes — but it appears we've had increasing population and generally declining jobless rates over the past few years. (Jobless figures, of course, don't count "discouraged workers" who've stopped looking for work — so that's another issue.)

      — Bill

      1. Census

        I was surprised to see that the 2014 estimated census of Evanston has not been posted. I read an online article in either the Trib or SunTimes about 2 weeks ago. It was about the Evanston issue of affordable housing. It stated that Evanston is well within their share and at current levels and remain so for many years.

        The one thing that caught my eye is that they said that according to the 2014 census, Evanston population was down 8 people from the prior year. It is difficult to believe Washington could be that accurate, especially when they are always recalculating the monthly employment rates up or down.

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