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Evanston’s jobless rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point in September to 4.1 percent, its lowest level in over five years.

The unemployment rate was down 1.4 percent from a year ago.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security says the Evanston rate in September was eight-tenths of a percent lower than the metro area rate of 4.9 percent. The metro rate was 5.6 percent in August and 6.2 percent a year ago.

Statewide the rate was 5.1 percent in September, down from 5.6 percent in August and 6.2 percent a year ago.

In September, 26 of the 104 communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents had lower jobless rates than Evanston, down by 4 from August.

Wheeling had the lowest jobless rate in September at 3.4 percent, followed by Wilmette and Hoffman Estates at 3.5 percent.

The rate in Arlington Heights was 3.6 percent, in Glenview 3.7 percent and in Skokie 4.0 percent.

The highest jobless rate in Illinois in September was 11.1 percent in East St. Louis, followed by Harvey at 9.6 percent and Dolton at 9.3 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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