Evanston’s unemployment rate fell in August to 7.1 percent, the lowest level since May. 

The July jobless rate for Evanston, originally reported as 7.5 percent, has now been adjusted down to 7.4 percent by the Illinois Department of Employment Security

A year ago Evanston’s jobless rate was 8.0 percent.

The rate for the Illinois portion of the Chicago metro area also fell, from 9.2 percent in July to 8.8 percent in August. A year ago that rate stood at 10.5 percent.

Statewide the joblees rate was 8.9 percent in August, down from 9.3 percent in July and down from 10.3 percent a year ago.

The number of people in the Evanston labor force shrank in August to 41,518 from 42,020 in July. The number of people employed dropped by 314 and the number looking for work declined by 188.

Eighteen of the nearly 100 towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had lower jobless numbers than Evanston in August.

Wilmette had the lowest jobless rate, 6.0 percent, followed by Glenview at 6.3 percent.

Three towns — Highland Park, Northbroook and Palatine — were tied for third place with a rate of 6.4 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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