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The jobless rate in Evanston fell to 5.7 percent last month as unemployment levels for the metro area and state also declined.

The jobless rate here is now 2.3 percentage points lower than it was a year ago and down 0.2 percentage points from June.

Figures released today by the Illinois Department of Employment Security show that of the just over 100 other communities in Illinois with more than 25,000 residents, 21 had jobless rates lower than Evanston, and eight others were tied with Evanston at the 5.7 percent level.

Among the nearby towns with lower rates were Glenview at 4.7 percent, Wilmette and Northbrook at 5.0 percent and Skokie at 5.5 percent.

Three Illinois towns had unemployment levels at least double the Evanston rate — East St. Louis at 14.2 percent, Harvey at 12.3 percent and Danville at 11.4 percent.

The statewide jobless rate was 7.0 percent last month, down from 7.1 percent in June and 9.5 percent a year ago. The Chicago metro rate was 6.8 percent, down from 7.1 percent in June and 9.4 percent a year ago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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