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Jobless rate creeps up

Evanston’s unemployment rate rose last month to 7.7 percent from 7.6 percent in September. The rate was 4.8 percent a year ago.

The rate was still under the recent peak of 8.2 percent in June.

The number of people with jobs in Evanston last month rose slightly to 38,231 from 38,197 in September, while the number of people looking for work rose to 3,192 from 3,124.

Evanston’s unemployment rate rose last month to 7.7 percent from 7.6 percent in September. The rate was 4.8 percent a year ago.

The rate was still under the recent peak of 8.2 percent in June.

The number of people with jobs in Evanston last month rose slightly to 38,231 from 38,197 in September, while the number of people looking for work rose to 3,192 from 3,124.

The figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that Evanston’s employment picture continues to be better than in most of the rest of the state.

Just 10 of the nearly nearly 100 communities with over 25,000 residents had jobless rates lower than Evanston..

The communities with lower rates than Evanston in October were Elmhurst, Park Ridge and Wheaton at 7.6 percent, Normal at 7.4 percent, Glen Ellyn at 7.3 percent, Glenview and Highland Park at 7.0 percent, Northbook at 6.8 percent, Carbondale at 6.6 percent and Wilmette at 6.3 percent.

Among other metro-area communities, Oak Park was tied with Evanston at 7.7 percent. The rate was 8.0 percent in Arlington Heights, 8.5 percent in Skokie, 10.4 percent in Des Plaines, 11.6 percent in the City of Chicago and 12.6 percent in Waukegan. Most of those numbers were up a fraction of a percentage point from September.

Statewide the unemployment rate was 10.5 percent last month, up from 10.2 percent in September. The rate for the Chicago metro area rose to 10.4 percent from 10.1 percent in September.

The state, metro and individual community jobless figures are not seasonally adjusted.

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