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Jobless rate declines as fewer look for work

The jobless rate in Evanston declined half a percentage point to 6.6 percent in December.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the rate is down by a full percentage point from the same month a year earlier.

The jobless rate in Evanston declined half a percentage point to 6.6 percent in December.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Employment Security show the rate is down by a full percentage point from the same month a year earlier.

The number of people looking for work in Evanston declined by 230 people last month, but the number of people with jobs also dropped by 105.

For the Chicago metro area as a whole the jobless rate declined from 9 percent in November to 8.7 percent in December. The statewide rate also fell, from 9.2 to 8.8 percent.

Evanston’s relative strength in employment numbers compared to other commmunities in the state appeared to slip. Of the nearly 100 Illinois towns with more than 25,000 residents 21 had a lower jobless rate in December than Evanston, compared to 17 in November.

The towns doing better in December were Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Niles and Schaumburg with a jobless rate at 6.5 percent; Morton Grove, Mount Prospect and Westmont at 6.4 percent; Normal at 6.2 percent; Arlington Heights, Downers Grove and Oak Park at 6 percent; Park Ridge at 5.8 percent; Glen Ellyn, Highland Park and Naperville at 5.7 percent; Elmhurst and Wheaton at 5.6 percent; Carbondale at 5.5 percent; Northbrook at 5.2 percent; Wilmette at 5.1 percent, and Glenview at 5 percent. 

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