Evanston unemployment rate hits 6.1%

Evanston’s unemployment rate rose in February to 6.1 percent, up from 3.9 percent a year ago.

The figures, released Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security, show that the rate here is still well below the level for the Chicago region as a whole, which rose to 9.0 percent in February, up from 5.6 percent a year ago.

The Evanston numbers are slightly higher than those for some other nearby suburbs, including Wilmette, which had the lowest level of any town of over 25,000 population in the state at 4.9 percent — although that was up by 2 percentage points from a year ago.

The jobless rate in Highland Park was 5.5 percent, while it was 5.7 percent in Glenview, 6.3 percent in Oak Park, 6.4 percent in Arlington Heights, 6.7 percent in Skokie, 9.1 percent in Des Plaines, 9.7 percent in the City of Chicago and 14.0 percent in Waukegan.

The Evanston rate was also up from January, when the city recorded a jobless rate of 5.3 percent. The city’s unemployment rate for all of 2008 averaged 4.7 percent.

The state jobless figures are not seasonally adjusted.


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