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Jobless rate declines as workforce shrinks

Evanston’s jobless rate dropped 0.3 percent last month, but the number of people with jobs also fell.

The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in November to 7.4 percent in December. But the size of the labor force shrank from 41,683 people to 41,045. The number of people with jobs fell by 467 and the number of those looking for work declined by 171.

Evanston’s jobless rate dropped 0.3 percent last month, but the number of people with jobs also fell.

The unemployment rate dropped from 7.7 percent in November to 7.4 percent in December. But the size of the labor force shrank from 41,683 people to 41,045. The number of people with jobs fell by 467 and the number of those looking for work declined by 171.

Figures released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security today show that the Chicago metro area’s unemployment rate rose from 10.3 to 10.6 percent in December. The number of people with jobs fell sharply across the metro area while the number of people looking for work rose.

Evanston’s jobless rate is up from 4.6 percent a year ago, while the metro area rate a year ago stood at 6.9 percent.

Statewide, the jobless rate in December was 10.8 percent in December, up from 10.5 percent in November and 7.4 percent a year ago.

Of the nearly 100 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 12 reported jobless rates in December lower than Evanston.

The were Arlington Heights, Oak Park and Park Ridge at 7.3 percent; Elmhurst and Wheaton at 7.1 percent; Normal at 7.0 percent; Glenview at 6.9 percent; Glen Ellyn at 6.8 percent; Highland Park at 6.7 percent; Carbondale at 6.3 percent; Northbrook at 6.2 percent, and Wilmette at 6.0 percent.

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