Evanston’s jobless rate rose last month to 6.4 percent from 6.2 percent in March. But it was down from 7.8 percent a year ago.

That ran counter to the trend for the nation and state. The Illinois jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent from 9.1 percent, and nationally the jobless rate feel to 8.7 percent from 9.2 percent

For the Chicago metro area the jobless rate in April was unchanged at 8.7 percent.

Evanston’s workforce shrank last month by 31 people to 41,997. In all, 91 fewer people were working and 60 more people were looking for work.

Thirteen of the nearly 100 towns in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had a lower unemployment rate in April than Evanston. that was up from 11 in March.

The towns with lower rates in April included  Bloomington and Glen Ellyn at 6.3 percent, Downers Grove at 6.2 percent, Naperville at 6.1 percent, Oak Park at 6 percent, Elmhurst and Glenview at 5.9 percent, Normal, Northbrook and Wheaton at 5.8 percent, Highland Park and Wilmette at 5.4 percent and Carbondale at 5.1 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Anti-business environment does it again-

    Maybe if the city council were more concerned with bringing business INTO the city rather than finding new ways to keep it out (offensive business cards Ms Mayor- really?) or force it out (bag bans?) that rate would drop below that of the comparative communities.


  2. Jobless rate in Evanston

    This is the result of years of influence by Evanston leaders in Council, in the Chamber of Commerce, on zoning boards and in the general public, who were convinced that the answer to the future of Evanston was in real estate development. 

    Many  Evanston residents tried to stem the fever  that had taken over the country and financial institutions to use development as a revenue stream to finance the City's obligations.  These developments were mostly of poor quality, too numerous and destined to eventually overwhelm the city's capacity to maintain infrastructure within a budget acceptable to a public which was already over-taxed.  Nothing panned out. 

    The City was not wise enough to think  "out of the box"  and to come up with interesting tax structures to lure business to its town center.  Nor did it provide incentives to keep business in town and to not leave.  Their eyes were clearly on the skyline that was stretching into the upper hemisphere.  BOOM!  it all went bust.  they didn't want to do the hard stuff so they went for the fluff on the developers lapel.

  3. Business

    We need to promote anything that will bring business here to this town!

    The  Neighborhood  business  dist  that  bring  all  to  our  downtown  are  in  shambles  we have a Development  out look or a third  world country!  We cant  keep this up, what did  we think  was going  to happen with no industry at all in our town! We will pay soon in big ways!! the hole we are in now is nothing to what is to come!! And those on the bottom will be 1st to catch it!! SAD good ole progressive Evanston!!


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