The unemployment rate among Evanston residents rose slightly in May to 7.7 percent from 7.6 percent in April.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city fell by 36 last month to 29,203, while the number of people looking for work grew by 38 to 3,243.

The unemployment rate among Evanston residents rose slightly in May to 7.7 percent from 7.6 percent in April.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security reported today that the number of people with jobs in the city fell by 36 last month to 29,203, while the number of people looking for work grew by 38 to 3,243.

The jobless rate in Evanston in May was also above the 7.5 percent level it reached a year ago.

Statewide, the jobless rate in May dropped sharply to 10 percent, down from 10.7 percent in April, but up from 9.8 percent a year earlier. The Illinois jobless number remains above the national average, which declined to 9.3 percent in May from 9.5 percent in April

For the Chicago metro area, the unemployment rate fell to 10.3 percent from 10.7 percent in April, but up from 10.2 percent a year ago.

Of the nearly 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 13 reported jobless rates in May lower than Evanston.

They were Park Ridge at 7.6 percent; Champaign, O’Fallon and Quincy at 7.4 percent; Glen Ellyn and Springfield at 7.3 percent, Bloomington, Glenview and Northbrook at 7.2 percent; Wilmette at 6.9 percent; Normal at 6.6 percent; Highland Park at 6 percent, and Carbondale at 5.9 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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